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How to overclock an AMD Ryzen CPU for noobs safely?

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Been a part of the PCMR for almost 3 years now and previously I have just used the Asus auto-overclock settings (TPI and TPII) to overclock my CPU. I have since got a new high-end rig and also used the Asus auto-overclock settings to crank my CPU up to 4.1 GHz on all 16 cores, but i've been told that I could reach 4.6/7 GHz with the AIO cooler.

So I think now is about time to try and learn to manually overclock without killing my CPU by overvolting it (which is why I have just auto-overclocked in the past. I don't care about voiding the warranty).

Can anyone talk me through it or know of a good up to date video on YouTube?

Thanks in advance :)

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overclock without killing my CPU by overvolting it (which is why I have just auto-overclocked in the past
this is funny. Motherboard manufacturer autoOC solutions are the most sure way to give way too much voltage to CPU

Not a fan of all core overclocking. It makes sense when CPU is doing hard all-core work all day. But then again 16 core cpu only makes sense for heavy workloads.
No automatic boosting makes it slower for day-to day stuff. And 5950X boosts above 5GHz

All I know is try and stay below 1.3V, never exceed 1.35. 4.6GHz would be a very good result
 
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AMD / Gigabyte recently released some screen shots for the new PBO2 and Curve optimizer. I would just use those and call it a day.

If it was me I would just try these out. Especially the second screen shot.

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You also have these thread here for more.
 
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this is funny. Motherboard manufacturer autoOC solutions are the most sure way to give way too much voltage to CPU

Not a fan of all core overclocking. It makes sense when CPU is doing hard all-core work all day. But then again 16 core cpu only makes sense for heavy workloads.
No automatic boosting makes it slower for day-to day stuff. And 5950X boosts above 5GHz

All I know is try and stay below 1.3V, never exceed 1.35. 4.6GHz would be a very good result
Is boost clock better for gaming than an all core increase clock?
 
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