When I was young, my father used to say to me, “If you are going to do something, you better know all the facts.” Overclocking your CPU is no different.
When overclocking, you need to consider every component of your computer, from the cooling system to the power supply. It is very important to know which radiator you are going to use during this process, as some will work better for this process than others.
The standard heatsink for the 1500x is the Wraith Spire, which is a 95W cooler over previous Ryzen models that only provided a 65W cooler. The Spire will allow us to overclock to the recommended maximum and maybe even more. Let’s get started.
Before we start overclocking, it’s important to install CPU-Z and Cinebench This will tell us if our overclocking is really stable at the selected clock ratio, and shows the relative increase in processor performance.
Run the tests first to see the default state of your processor and compare these values ??with subsequent tests. Also, use a tool to constantly monitor your CPU temperature.
CPU Overclock AMD Ryzen
The first thing we will do is load the BIOS by pressing F2 while starting up the computer. After booting into BIOS, you will see a screen similar to this one:
The only tab we need to focus on is the M.I.T (Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker) tab. On this tab, we will primarily work with advanced frequency settings, advanced voltage settings and Smart Fan 5 settings.
Clicking Advanced Frequency Settings will take you to this screen:
This point depends on your configuration, but AMD has stated that the recommended clock speed for overclocking is 3.70 GHz, so we are going to set it to that clock speed.
To do this, select the CPU Clock Ratio and change it from Auto to 37.00 (for my build I set this value to 39.00 because this is the highest stable clock speed I can run). After adjusting the clock speed, you will see that the BIOS multiplier automatically changes the processor frequency to 3.7 GHz.
Before downloading, go to Advanced CPU Core Settings (right under CPU Frequency). Your screen should look something like this:
For this parameter, we’re going to set the Core Performance Boost parameter to Disabled. This will prevent frequency fluctuations, ensuring that it stays constant at 3.7 GHz. Then we’re going to disable AMD Cool & Quiet feature and disable global C state management.
Next we will disable AMD Cool & Quiet and global C-state management. Cool & Quiet just limits the fan speed, and C-state Control basically sends a command to your processor to consume less power when it thinks the processor is idle, since we don’t want to limit the power or fan speed, we going to disable them. Leave SMT, Downcore Control and Opcache Control at their defaults.
Press F10 to save your settings and exit to boot your computer back to Windows and run the tests. NOTE. Your motherboard may turn on and off several times after changing settings, this is normal. If it will turn on and off more than six times, it will prompt you with a message that the overclocking failed and return you back to BIOS.
If your computer does not start at 3.7 GHz or if you upgrade to a higher clock speed (3.9 GHz), you will have to increase the processor core voltage. To change voltages, go to the Advanced Voltage Settings, which are located on the Advanced Frequency Settings tab. Your screen should look something like this:
The advanced voltage settings will allow us to keep the CPU stable at higher frequencies, but we will only change these settings if necessary. Increasing voltage will also increase the heat generated by the CPU, so we will do this last and only if overclocking does not work at default voltage.
At 3.7 GHz, you probably won’t need to increase voltages, but if you do, go to the CPU Vcore settings. AMD has stated that the maximum recommended CPU core voltage is 1.4250V, but for my build I try to keep my CPU as cool as possible. Setting this to 1.4000 V is fine.
I personally recommend leaving all other voltages to Auto, but if you need to increase yours, you must match the voltages on the right side of the screen. Here is an example:
- VCORE SOC not higher than 1.10000V
- CPU VDD18 not higher than 1.800V
- CPU VDDP is set to Normal
- DRAM voltage no higher than 1,200 V
- DDRVPP voltage no higher than 2.500 V
- DRAM end load no higher than 0.600 V
- CPU core voltage calibration no higher than Turbo
- VAXG Loadline Calibration no higher than Turbo
Reboot and run your tests.
At this point, you will have a stable overclocking of your machine, but your processor may get a little warm. Remember that increasing the core voltage increases the amount of heat generated.
The fan speed plays a role here. After selecting Smart Fan 5 Settings at the bottom of the M.I.T tab, your screen should look like this:
If your processor is getting very hot at this point, select CPU Fan Speed ??Control and set it to full speed. Save your settings and run your tests.
After running all of my tests, my processor performance has increased by 12%, which may seem insignificant, but may decrease or decrease the performance of some applications. Your processor is now ready for use. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them!
Also don’t forget to check out our post on how to overclock your GPU
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