How to overclock AMD CPU

How to overclock AMD CPU!

Whether you’re a gamer or a content creator, the CPU plays a vital role in high performance for your tasks. If your CPU is unlocked, overclocking it will give you a huge boost in performance and fps, who doesn’t want that!

This article will explain “How to Overclock AMD CPU” easily and efficiently, so stay tuned in!


How to Overclock…

STEP 1: Right cooling

Overclocking your AMD CPU will cause it to run extremely hot…which is obvious as its running above its intended speed. However, having the right cooling both on the CPU and inside the case helps. It does not have to be anything fancy; a decent midrange air cooler or water cooler can do! Having the right air ventilation inside the case is also crucial, so fresh air can keep circulating in and out.


STEP 2: Overclocking through BIOS (CPU frequency and voltage)

Many people think Overclocking is difficult and that it can damage your CPU…but if you follow this guide carefully, it’s worth all your sweat!

First reboot your computer and keep pressing delete.DEL to enter the BIOS (different motherboards use different keys, so check F1 and F2 as well).

When you’re in the BIOS, click on the box marked OC for overclocking.

To adjust the CPU’s speed (GHz), adjust the CPU ratio. 4000 will give you 4.00 GHz, 4200 will give you 4.2 GHz, and so on… This has to be done wisely though, always increase the CPU ratio by 100 (0.1 GHz).

You also need to slowly reduce the voltage, reduce the voltage once every try… after making sure the setting are stable when booting into Windows. Reducing the voltage when increasing the CPU frequency is extremely crucial, specially for AMD Ryzen 2 and 3. Why you may ask? If the voltage is set to auto, the extra CPU frequency will drive in an increase in voltage, causing the CPU to run extremely hot, which can potentially damage your CPU!

Repeat the whole process until you feel it is unstable. When the OC is unstable, you may get error messages and won’t boot up to windows, don’t panic as that’s completely fine. Just restart the computer to the BIOS and reduce the CPU ratio to where it was last stable and working.

(This screenshot is from a B550 MSI motherboard, could be different for you)

BIOS overclocking


STEP 3: Testing

There are many ways to check that your AMD CPU has overclocked, the easiest by far is using task manager. Open Task Manager, go to the performance tab, and check that the Base Speed corresponds correctly with your Overclock. If not, you probably didn’t save the BIOS correctly, so check again!

You can also Test your Overclock by playing your favorite game, and checking for noticeable performance increases! To further check the stability of your Overclock and the CPU temperatures, use a benchmark. Cinebench R23 is a great benchmark, it can be download directly from the Microsoft Store (download here) Test both single core and multi core, and check that there is no throttling (Increase in Temps causing low performance). Use HWmonitor (download here) or similar applications to check that the CPU temperature isn’t exceeding 90C (194F). 


STEP 4: Enjoy

And voila! You have successfully Overclocked your AMD CPU on your own…You can now enjoy higher FPS, faster render times, etc.

You can always upgrade your CPU cooler to reduce CPU temperature, throttling, and run smoother, check our recommended CPU coolers here!

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