AMD Overdrive Tutorial

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The AMD OverDrive tool helps users give their computers a shot in the arm by overclocking the AMD central processing unit. One key feature is the ability to test the computer after each overclock. The tool displays the CPU temperatures and voltage and you can also use it to benchmark the system. Only overclock your system with the AMD OverDrive tool if you know what you're doing as an error can damage the processor and motherboard.

  • Restart the computer and close all open programs. Programs left running might cause complications during the overclocking process.

  • Launch the AMD OverDrive software. Wait for the program to fully start and display basic information about your system, including CPU, caches and memory.

  • Click the Preferences tab at the top of the OverDrive window and then click the Settings button. Select the Advanced Mode radio button. From here, you can change the CPU multiplier, as well as the SPD timings and voltages.

  • Click the Performance Control tab. Place a check-mark in front of all options and click the Run button to run the benchmark. OverDrive displays a score for the unmodified system in the System Performance box.

  • Select Clock/Voltage to start overclocking the CPU. The program displays six sections: system status, advanced clock calibration, voltage levels, voltage modifiers, GPU modifiers and CPU modifiers. You must edit the CPU modifiers to overclock the processor.

  • Drag the CPU Core Multiplier slider to the right a single notch. To be safe, drag the CPU VID slider in the voltage section upward until you reach the 1.3500 value. Click Apply.

  • Click the Stability Test button at the top of the window. Choose Select All and then adjust the time slider to around 10 minutes. The test will stress the CPU to see if it can support the overclock.

  • Click the Start button to start the stability test. Select Status Monitor and look at the CPU temperature. If the temperature exceeds 60 to 70 degrees F, go back to the Stability Test window and stop the test. Decrease the CPU Core Multiplier and CPU VID values and test again, until your CPU does not overheat.

  • Drag the CPU Core Multiplier slider one more notch to the right if the CPU temperature was normal during the test. Click Apply and test again. Perform this operation until you are satisfied with the result or until the CPU temperature reaches 60 degrees F.

  • Go to the Performance Control tab and then to the Benchmark tab. Perform another benchmark and the score in the System Performance box should be higher than the initial score.

  • Go to the Preferences tab and click Settings. Place a check-mark in front of the Apply my settings with system starts option to reapply the settings when you restart Windows.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using the AMD OverDrive utility can damage your system. Do not drag the "CPU Core Multiplier" more than a notch and test the system every time to avoid frying your processor.
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