Overclock may already be quite familiar to PC users (Personal Computer). This is usually done by lovers of the game to increase the ability of the PC while gaming without having to drain costs. Although it’s not too difficult, overclocking can present risks that can cause damage to hardware if done the wrong way.
In addition, users are also advised not to overclock excessively and make sure to monitor CPU temperatures accurately before starting. This is important because basically overclocked components are easily overheated and unstable.
Therefore, the cooling system in the PC must work as well as possible to remove hot air inside the device. Before starting, make sure also the chipset or CPU processor supports overclocking.
For example, some of the latest types of Intel processors that have the suffix “K” or “X” as listed below:
- Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz
- Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz
- Core i5-9600K 3.7GHz
- Core i7-8086K 4.0GHz
- Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz
- Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz
- Core i3-8350K 4.0GHz
Meanwhile, for AMD processor users, this chipset is fully open and supports overclocking for each type, from the AMD FX-series to the latest Ryzen type.
Following are the recommended steps to overclock the CPU as summarized from various sources.
- Overclock with BIOS settings
- Overclocking can be done by accessing the BIOS menu (Basic Input Output System). This method is often recommended because of the minimum risk and allows users to have full control over all settings.
- Enter the BIOS by pressing the F1, F2, F8, or Delete keys on the keyboard (depending on the brand of the laptop) when the PC boots.
- Navigate to the CPU settings page. Some laptop brands do not allow changes in CPU settings to protect hardware. If you find this, please find another way.
- Enable CPU Host Clock Controller on the CPU settings page.
- Select the Frequency menu to display the laptop’s clock speed.
- Increase the CPU clock speed slowly, for example 5%, then click Accept.
- Reboot the device and check its stability.
If all software runs correctly, you can continue to increase the clock speed until the laptop runs stably. But when you start seeing errors, immediately turn off the engine and reduce its frequency to the last level that managed to increase the speed of the laptop stably. After that, check stability again.
- Overclock Processors with Software
In addition to the BIOS, users can overclock with the help of additional software. Intel CPU users can use official software called Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU), which is equipped with a built-in CPU and memory stability test.
While for AMD CPU users, can use OverDrive software released directly by AMD, where both software are usually used by overclockers.
If you are interested, you can first download and install Extreme Tuning Utility or OverDrive on the device. After that, go in and look for a section to set some CPU / GPU parameters in real time.
After setting a new clock, do a test to find out the results of overclocking that has been done. If the device hangs / crashes, it means the setting is not fully stable.
The other cause of failure of this process is usually the processor does not support overclocking, especially on Intel chipsets other than those mentioned above.