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Overclocking is a term used when a circuit can accept a signal at a specific period which it cannot accept at a higher period. A syringe is a simple example.

Some staged recovery circuits also permit overclocking, and can function successfully at a rate faster than their recovery time. A Silver reflector has a recovery time of 497 ticks, but can be overclocked to reflect a period 250 glider stream, or any nearby period above 248, simply by removing a beehive after the first glider enters the reflector. However, a continuous stream of gliders is then required to maintain the circuit, with timing within a tightly bounded range.

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