(Classroom) Things You Never Thought You Needed to Know – AMD AM4 Overclocking on BIOSTAR RACING Motherboard with Fan Cooler (Only!) Chapter

 

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With every announcement of every new AMD interface, there is undoubtedly much attention given to it. Nonetheless, our AMD users seem to always be faced with a dilemma of excitement and disappointment – many times we are so excited to receive a new product, only to find that it doesn’t meet our original expectations. What a bummer right?

Well, it doesn’t need to be! This time round, we’re gonna make sure that you receive what you expected – and more! Using the leaked figures of the performance and overclocking data, we’re sure you don’t wanna miss this juicy information: the time for AMD to shine is finally here!

Recently, we obtained the new AMD Ryzen CPU and performed the first overclocking (with only a fan cooler!). Curious about its performance? Read on to know more!

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Before the test, let us first introduce the new AMD Ryzen CPU information. Currently, the ones in the market are the 1800X, 1700X and 1700. The ones we obtained are the 1700X and 1700 with the 8-core 16-thread models.

Feels great to have them in my hands! Let’s show them to you guys:

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(Pictured above is the Ryzen 1700 (left) and the Ryzen 1700X (right))

After checking, the AMD 1700X seems to be more stable for use in overclocking, hence we will be performing the fan cooler only overclocking test using the AMD 1700X CPU.

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Naturally, when you want to overclock using the 8-core CPU, we can’t use an overly simple motherboard, especially in the power supply. In our test, we will be using the latest BIOSTAR RACING X370GT7 Motherboard.

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The board has a 12-phase power supply, and the use of the black gold capacitor for power supply system is more than enough in meeting the needs of the thermal power consumption of only 95W in this 8-core CPU.

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After setting up:

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Upon booting the system, quickly press Del to enter the BIOS, then enter the O.N.E. interface, then AMD Pstate Configuration Menu interface.

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Proceed by enabling the Custom P-States selection.

Then, adjust the Core VID using the + or – on the keyboard. When overclocking, do press +. When adjusting the Core VID option, the above Voltage (UV) will change, which is a CPU voltage. For this option,  we adjust to the maximum, and in this case on the 1700X, the maximum is 127500.

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When adjusting the Core VID option, start by adjusting the key frequency position. The Core FID and DID both adjusts the frequency, but DID can only be adjusted upwards, while you can adjust the frequency of the FID using the keypad. By checking the frequency (MHz), we can find out the suitable frequency for the preservation of the BIOS.

In this case, the goal of this overclocking session is to hit 4G with the AMD 1700X CPU, and hence we will adjust the Core FID to A1 using the + button on the keypad. Nonetheless, if you’d like to overclock to even higher frequencies, you can up the frequency by hitting the + button on the keypad to up the Core FID.

Nonetheless, it is important to note that depending on the constitution of the CPU you’re using, some CPUs may be unable to hit 4G despite adding voltage through the CPU Core Adjust Voltage in the O.N.E. Main Menu, then you will have to down the frequency. If you would like to overclock to higher frequencies after lowering the CPU Core Adjust Voltage, you can continue to up the Core FID by using the + button on the keypad to up the frequency to hit 4G or higher levels.

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Hit Escape to return to the Main Menu and follow the image below for the settings of the CPU Load-Line Calibration, CPU Switching Frequency and SOC Switching Frequency.

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After which, adjust the CPU Core Voltage to Override.

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Disclaimer: The following data is for reference only because each CPU constitution is different. These data may apply to this CPU, but may not be suitable for other CPUs. For example, for Ray U, you will need to put the CPU voltage pressure to 1.425V while the actual operation is only about 1.38V.

Voltage wise, it is not recommended to go beyond 1.5-1.55V. If you can achieve your target frequency, you can try to constantly lower the voltage to achieve low-voltage and high-frequency. Of course, if the constitution is good and you would like to continue overclocking to higher frequencies, then you can continue to increase the voltage.

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Finally, please download Prime95 28.10 version since you will be able to use the software to perform full load tests with it, which we’re sure you guys will find useful. The general recommendation is to run a full load for about an hour and if you successfully run it for an hour without a blue or black screen restart, then it generally means that your CPU overclocking frequency has been relatively stable.

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To sum it up, the AMD 1700X CPU was able to overclock with a reasonable amount of stability at 4G with the support of the BIOSTAR RACING X370GT7 Motherboard while the boost frequency of the 1700X is 3.8G. Having heard that the current record for overclocking with liquid nitrogen cooler has overclocked to 5.3G, we’re pretty satisfied with our results of having overclocked to 4G using only a fan cooler. Hopefully next time we’ll get an opportunity to try to overclock the AMD 1700X CPU with the support of the BIOSTAR RACING X370GT7 using the liquid nitrogen cooler. We’re sure that it’ll definitely show the true potential of the CPU.

 

We hope you enjoyed this latest article and remember to follow us on BIOSTAR Blog for more informative articles like these!

See you guys next time!

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