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Have you Overclocked Before?
If you have overclocked before and understand hardware selection and the basics of overclocking, you should skip to the next page. The first part of this guide is for those who want to know what to do before overclocking.
Where do I start?
Raven Ridge Overclocking Guide Systems
CPU: All Raven Ridge SKUs can overclock.
Motherboard: You will need to use an X370 or B350 motherboard to overclock your CPU, and you will need iGPU outputs on the rear IO if you will be using the iGPU. Look for the "AMD Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" sticker or logo on the motherboard box. Otherwise, you will need to flash the motherboard to a more recent BIOS with a loaner CPU AMD will mail to you on request. When looking for a motherboard to overclock with, the main limitation on the motherboard will be the VRM. Our reviews extensively cover motherboard VRM and we thermal test every motherboard, so look to our reviews. Please look out for SoC VRM if you want to OC your iGPU, as it's the VRM mainly responsible for feeding the iGPU portion, and we confirmed this through our thermal camera.
DRAM: AMD and motherboard vendors have greatly improved DDR4 compatibility and speed potential, but we still recommend buying a kit off your motherboard's Qualified Vendors List (QVL). AMD's AGESA 184.108.40.206 code supports Raven Ridge CPUs, and I was even able to take memory to 3466Mhz with minor adjustment, but the CPU and iGPU were not overclocked. Dual-rank modules are harder to find these days, but if you do come into possession of them don't expect overclocks similar to single rank kits. Single rank kits overclock much easier. Dual rank kits are typically double-sided modules.
Cooler: High-end air coolers or all-in-one watercoolers are recommended, especially since the stock cooler isn't that great and lack of a soldered IHS hurts thermal performance. The maximum frequency of your CPU will probably be 4.1GHz, and the way voltage scales on the platform means that increasing cooling to crazy levels probably won't get you up to 4.1GHz. That means that even mid-range air coolers are good enough for most Raven Ridge overclocking.
PSU: I would leave about 130-150W aside for a nice overclock on a Raven Ridge CPU.
You enter the BIOS/UEFI by hitting delete or F2 (on most boards) during boot up. For most boards you have basic and advanced modes, I always skip to the advanced mode and tend to navigate with the keyboard. To enter a setting you either type (or delete and then type), use +/- keys, or you click and scroll. Then you have to "Save & Exit" the BIOS/UEFI for the settings to apply.
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