Category >> Overclocking
Intel Core 2 Overclocking Basics 09-08-2008

Even though overclocking has come a long way from hacked BIOS, pencil tracing, etc, it still isnít for the squeamish. You can still fry your CPU or motherboard, though it is much harder due to safety measures built into Intel processors and most motherboards. But with a little preparation and forethought, nearly anyone can successfully give their rig some extra oomph by a mild overclock, or make it really scream with a serious overclock. Read on to find out how!

AMD K10 - Phenom Overclocking Guide 06-18-2008

Although Intel's Core Duo and Quad processors have pretty much taken over the top performance rung from rival manufacturer AMD, fans of the underdog company have reason to rejoice... Phenom is here. With a new 9x50 numbering scheme to represent the latest stepping, and no longer plagued by the TLB errata, AMD re-released the Phenom X4 chips to retail suppliers with 2.2, 2.4 and 2.5 Ghz operating frequencies. So if you're finally thinking about taking the K10 plunge, or you are looking to get a little more out of your Phenom processor, this guide was written with you in mind.

Overclocking the Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 03-08-2005

As mentioned earlier, I set my timings to 2.5-3-3-8-1T. I also lowered the HT multiplier to 3x. At these settings, I was able to get a maximum stable overclock of 9 x 255 (1:1) = 2,295 MHz, or basically 2.3 GHz. I tried lowering the multiplier to 8 and even 7, and also lowering the RAM divisor but was unable to get better results than those obtained at 9 x 255. I also tried various voltage settings, backing down from max as I have read that it can help sometimes. But in my case, I had no luck.

Overclocking the Socket 754 AMD Socket 64 02-22-2005

Once you feel like you have a pretty good understanding of what is going on, the next thing to do is consider your components. In my case, I purchased the motherboard and CPU on a budget and didn't plan to overclock from the beginning, so I will just have to tough it out. But as you will see in the end, a budget system can oftentimes clock higher than more expensive setups.


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