PC Overclocking

For the first time, I spent the afternoon overclocking my GPU and CPU to edge out another slice of performance for gaming. I have actually never been into the world of overclocking before today!

Here is a link of my starting 3DMark benchmark (6404) and my most recent passing benchmark (6826), which 3DMark still says is well under the average of 8386 for my hardware.

For my MSI GeForce 2070 graphics card, I used MSI Afterburner + MSI OC Scanner to create an automated profile. It set the following values:

Core Voltage (%)+0
Core Clock (MHz)Curve
Memory Clock (MHz)+200
Fan Power Limit (%)100
Fan Temp Limit (C)81
Core Clock Curve

For the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, I used AMD Ryzen Master for overclocking. This took a lot of trial and error as I started too high and during the benchmarks, my screens would go black and I would lose all peripherals. I had to keep lowering Core Speed and Voltage until it finally was able to pass benchmarks without a system crash. I was able to overclock to 3.900 GHz @ 1.275 V!

AMD Ryzen Master Settings

My current PC build is as follows. I have had the Case since 2013 and in 2018 I went through a major overhaul swapping out the motherboard, CPU, Memory, Video Card and a new SSD. I’ve been debating an upgrade to either 32GB of RAM or maybe upgrading my processor but I think I will take this new overclocked machine for a spin!

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor Purchased For $164.99
Motherboard Asus PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard Purchased For $105.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL15 Memory Purchased For $124.99
Storage SanDisk Ultra II 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $99.00
Storage Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $92.89
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GAMING Z Video Card Purchased For $476.27
Case Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case Purchased For $116.99
Power Supply Corsair HX 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $89.89
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit Purchased For $0.00
Wireless Network Adapter StarTech PEX300WN2X2 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter Purchased For $20.99
Monitor Dell S2417DG 23.8" 2560×1440 165 Hz Monitor Purchased For $319.99
Monitor Dell S2417DG 23.8" 2560×1440 165 Hz Monitor Purchased For $319.99
Keyboard Razer Ornata Chroma RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $99.99
Mouse Corsair Harpoon RGB Wired Optical Mouse Purchased For $29.99
Headphones Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND 7.1 Channel Headset $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2220.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-03-12 17:12 EST-0500

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