Some people overclock their computer's random access memory (RAM) to improve performance, because the main advantage of this process is to speed up the computer's functioning. While this can work well, and often helps computer users customize their system to their own needs, the process also can damage both the RAM and other components of the computer. For this reason, overclocking RAM should not be undertaken without careful consideration of the pluses and minuses.
The main point of overclocking RAM is to speed up a computer, which is the reason why any computer component is overclocked. RAM is just one more part that can make a difference in computer performance. The most noticeable improvement that tends to come with overclocked RAM is that the desktop runs a bit faster, and it generally is easier to quickly access files and programs. An additional benefit is that many video games run a bit faster after RAM is overclocked, though the frame rate usually is only mildly increased. When combined with other overclocked parts, however, this type of improvement can make a big difference in how well the computer runs.
Another reason for overclocking RAM is that it gives many avid computer users a sense of control over their system. Some people thrive on creating a custom-built computer that has the best components possible. Once they purchase and install each part, they may wish to get the most out of the system by carefully tweaking each component, which typically includes overclocking the processor, video card and RAM, among others. For this reason, some computer users strive to overclock nearly every part possible in hopes of getting more out of their system while also making it unique.
One of the disadvantages of overclocking RAM is that it is possible to damage the component in the process. Some people also notice that their other parts cannot keep up with overclocked RAM, so adjustments to the system may be necessary to prevent the computer from slowing down or breaking altogether. In addition, any warranties that come with the computer part may be voided when it is overclocked, so there is the risk of losing the RAM entirely during efforts to improve its speed. Though it usually is best to have a lot of computer knowledge before overclocking RAM, even computer experts can end up damaging the part, so this risk should be considered before starting the process.