How to Overclock AMD Athlon64 3200

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Overclocking is the method by which the voltage that passes through a processor or other piece of computer hardware (known as the "clock speed") is increased, resulting in a faster data access and processing rate. When overclocking a processor such as the AMD Athalon64 3200, care must be taken to make sure that you do not increase the voltage by too much, or hardware damage can occur. The amount that a processor can be overclocked is limited by the motherboard, but the majority of Athalon64 3200 processors will be able to be overclocked by at least a small amount.

  • Boot up the computer that you wish to overclock the Athlon64 processor on. While on the initial BIOS screen, press the indicated key in order to enter BIOS setup. Most commonly this will be the "F2" or "ESC" key, though this may vary depending on the specific BIOS that is installed on the system.

  • Check to make sure that all clock speeds in your BIOS are set to their defaults. If the RAM or any other devices have been altered in the BIOS previously, use the "Default" options in their respective BIOS configuration screens to reset the settings to their default values.

  • Change the "CPU Base Clock Configuration" setting in you BIOS from "Auto" to "Manual." Not all BIOS configurations will have this option, so if yours does not have it then you can skip this step.

  • Locate the "CPU Clock" setting and begin adjusting it in small increments, no more than five to 10 MHz for a single adjustment. Save the settings that you have adjusted and exit, allowing the computer to reboot.

  • Allow your computer to boot as normal so that you can check the stability of the system. If the operating system loads normally and seems to operate without problems, reboot the computer again and reload the BIOS setup utility.

  • Adjust the BIOS clock speed again, repeating the process of saving and rebooting to check system stability. If the system is stable, enter the BIOS setup again so that you may increase the clock speed further; if problems begin to present themselves, enter the BIOS setup and lower the clock speed.

  • Continue increasing the CPU clock speed in the BIOS setup, rebooting and checking system stability after each adjustment. Should you surpass 220 MHz, adjust the HyperTransport bus clock modifier from "x5" to "x4" if you have a processor with a 1,000 MHz HyperTransport bus and your motherboard features the option to adjust this. If you have a processor with an 800 MHz HyperTransport bus, adjust the clock modifier from "x4" to "x3" if you surpass a 225 MHz clock speed.

  • Keep making adjustments and checking system stability until you have reached a point where your system becomes unstable and you have to lower your clock speed or you are satisfied with the modified speed. Should you reach higher clock speeds, adjust the HyperTransport bus clock modifier to "x3" if you pass 275 MHz on a processor with a 1,000 MHz HyperTransport bus or to "x2" of you pass 300 MHz on a processor with an 800 MHz HyperTransport bus.

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