AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT review

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Overclocking and tweaking

Overclocking and tweaking by BIOS

When you plan to overclock the processor, always invest in good hardware. And that includes a proper motherboard, power supply, memory and of course, cooling. Cheaper motherboards are often not well tuned or designed in terms of power delivery for enthusiast overclocking. That can translate into a lesser power delivery (phases) design quickly warming up the related components, causing instability. Also, never underestimate the benefits of a quality power supply. Most Silver rated ones we can recommend.

When you tweak a processor, depending on what you are trying to achieve, you often need to add voltage to the processor, that in turn creates more heat. Ergo, proper processor cooling is mandatory. Overclocking with a many-core processor (doesn't matter if that is Intel or AMD) is often more difficult to accomplish. If you overclock by BIOS (which 99% of us do), really it all comes down to the quality of the BIOS (mobo brand), and merely a few registers you need to fiddle with. 

Remember that we're going for an all-core overclock and that means a lower clock frequency than the highest Turbo bin offers. What you need to do:

  1. Enable and start at 4100 MHz (41 Multiplier)
  2. Apply ~1.40 to the CPU (or simply leave it at auto)
  3. Work your way upwards from there until the system becomes unstable and then back down at least 100 MHz.
The new XT processors have been pushed to the max. Tweaking them while applying more voltage will increase heat levels rapidly. With LCS (280mm) we rapidly passed 75~80 Degrees C closing in at 85 Degrees C. We pushed an all-core 4400 MHz with a possible 4500 MHz, however, the results are barely better. Leave the processor at default we'd say as three cores already can reach 4630 Mhz all by themselves. 


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