AMD’s latest Ryzen CPUs are blisteringly quick—a testament to the company’s momentous slingshot back to the forefront of chip development. But that’s not always enough for those of us with a screwdriver and a dream. We want more. And to do that you’re going to have to learn how to overclock an AMD Ryzen CPU like the pros.
Overclocking is really quite a simple act: you’re pushing your processor beyond its rated limits for higher performance. To achieve this, you’ll need to take advantage of any latent performance leftover from the imperfect chipmaking process—not every chip is made equal, and some will have higher thresholds than others for pushing power and thermal demands. This is what we call the silicon lottery—receiving a chip capable of cruising past stock speeds is comparable to a winning ticket.