The arrival of AMD Ryzen in the market has revolutionized the entire computer sector. Intel Games is not far off, as they are slowly debugging their failures with the new BIOS. Especially the famous DDR4 memory problems that are being solved with AGESA. To get the most out of this, we bring you a guide on how to overclock AMD Ryzen step by step.
And the fact is that many consumers are getting off-road devices at a very modest price thanks to this new AMD platform. One major advantage, however, is that all of its processors allow overclocking.
How to overclock amd Ryzen step by step
Most beginners will ask themselves: What is overclocking? Basically, overclocking allows you to accelerate the processor core frequency or any chip (measured in MHz or GHz) to a higher factory. This allows you to achieve high performance at no extra cost. It’s like changing the engine power of a car, but beware, you can break it if you overdo it.
So is there a risk of skin breakage? Yes and no. It all depends on whether you make the changes on your own or go crazy, i.e. with overvoltage and without knowing what to touch. So, here you are, to teach you what you should play and above all what each option is.
Test bench used
We have decided to use high-performance equipment for this occasion. But you can follow the same guide with B350 motherboards and AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 processors.
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor.
- Stock heat sink and Corsair H100i V2.
- Gigabyte X370 Gaming 5 Motherboard.
- 16GB G.Skill Flare X RAM at 3200 MHz.
- Kingston UV400 SSD.
- Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti 11GB.
- Power supply EVGA G2 750W.
The software we are going to use in the following list, I will tell you what function each program will have.
- AMD Ryzen Master (with which we will overclock the processor).
- CPU-Z (check processor base frequency).
- Aida64 (bandwidth, read / write, and RAM latency test).
- HWMonitor (temperature control)
- Prime 95 (Prime Number Test).
- Cinebench R15 (synthetic performance test).
Get the latest updates in Windows and BIOS
We must first have Windows 10 1607/14393 or higher. And we always recommend that you do a clean installation of the operating system with the latest drivers.
Also update your BIOS to the latest version, as there are many improvements every week or 15 days (at least in those first months of release). For example, every gigabyte motherboard website has a BIOS download section that is updated every few weeks. Remember: Always use a stable BIOS and avoid using BETA (unless you like to mess up or make a big deal).
Pre-settings in Windows 10
The second editing option is HPET, which we should disable. This is no longer necessary, since the latest build of Windows 10, the BIOS with AGESA 188.8.131.52 (let’s run for 184.108.40.206), and the AMD Ryzen Tools are fully enabled with the serial system. But if you need to, you should do the following.
Option 1: Disable HPET in your BIOS, otherwise you have the option to go to the next step.
Option 2: Start the console with the CMD command and type:
And you need to send a message: “Operation completed successfully.” You will then need to restart the operating system for all changes to take effect.
AMD Ryzen Master Tools
All the overclocking we are going to do through the software because it has the same effect (for the time being) as with the BIOS. But testing the hot and knowing where our processor goes is very fast. But if you are more of a BIOS configuration, then you can manually change the settings.
Although with all the changes, I still recommend using the official software of this platform: AMD Ryzen Master Tools.
You can skip this point if you want to leave your memories at stock speed, but we recommend that you make these changes once the processor overclock has stabilized. We’ve experimented with a lot of memories and it’s hard to find memories that are compatible with speeds above 2666/2933/3200 until at least a few weeks ago.
Therefore, we recommend the G.Skill Flare X Kit, eye we have decided to buy it ourselves for the low stock that is currently available to the media … after reviewing in many foreign forums. It is commented that it is 100% compatible with X370 /. B350 motherboards. We will leave doubts in this guide!
Possible problems when overclocking amd Ryzen
It does not start my PC: try to increase the voltage by another point (press the + key) and it will increase by 0.05 points. Try to go up to a maximum of 1.36v, if it is not visible in the next step. Why does this happen? Like any component it has VDROOP and the motherboard is playing with voltage. Adding a little more, we will have strong memories.
Your memory is not 100% compatible with high-frequency AMD Ryzen. Then the multiplier goes down 26.66 for 2666 MHz or 2.4 for 2400 MHz.
In our case, we have to leave the memory at 2933 MHz because at least for the moment we have not been able to leave it up to the 3200 MHz that the memory maker promised.
If the computer does not start, remove the relevant switch, jumper (check the motherboard), or perform a clean CMOS using the worst case. Once restored, restart. Be patient, friends!