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Superclock

other word formation type Affixation of 'super-' to root verb 'clock'; verb
Superclock, V To greatly increase the inner operating frequencies of a processor over those that were originally intended by the manufacturer. [Affixation formed from affix super- - 'above/over' and root clock - 'set the speed of']
 
This particular affixation of super- instead of over- seems to be a sales pitch. This was the way the card was advertised on a website. The vendor (Alienware) wanted to catch the customer's eye by making their card look like it was more than just merely 'overclocked', that it was 'superclocked', which has a more serious connotation, suggesting lightning quick speeds.
Etymology : In Latin, the affix super- means 'above'. It seems that it has taken a more drastic meaning (Superman, Superfortress etc) to mean 'high above'. The root verb clock (from ME clok ['bell' - (via metonymy) - 'thing that tells time' - 'to tell time' - 'to set the timing of'] - OED) means 'to set the speed of [usually a computer chip].' A word in the computer industry in common usage is overclock, which means 'to clock the processor to higher than originally intended speeds'. The affix of super- instead of over- suggests an even greater upgrade.
Source : '9600GT- SUPERCLOCKED' (the 9600GT is a particular computer graphics card) - Alienware website - Sept 2008
Last modified: 22 November 2008


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