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ASUS Motherboard Overclocking Guide – Part One – Introduction

Overclocking or oc’ing, as is commonly known to the overclocking community, is a process that involves pushing the clock speed of a particular computer component such as the CPU or graphics card higher than the default clock speed originally set by the manufacturer.

Some overclockers may buy cheap computer parts for the purpose of overclocking them further than originally intended and by doing this seek to save money, rather than buying the fastest parts. On the other hand, there are enthusiast oc’ers who buy the very fastest and latest components and push the clock speed of these parts to the very limit.

Best Selling ASUS Motherboards

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Asus Prime Z390-A Motherboard LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 Gigabit LAN
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Asus Prime Z390-A Motherboard LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 Gigabit LAN
  • Designed for 9th and 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2 and ASUS Optimum II for better DRAM overclocking stability
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Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Motherboard (ATX) AMD Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 B450
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Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Motherboard (ATX) AMD Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 B450
  • Powered by 2nd generation AMD Ryzen AM4 and 7th generation Athlon processors to maximize connectivity and speed with dual NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, gigabit LAN and up to 64 Gigabytes of DDR4 (3200 Megahertz)
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Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX motherboard with PCIe 4.0, dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS power stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting
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Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) ATX motherboard with PCIe 4.0, dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS power stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting
  • Amd AM4 socket: Ready for 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors to maximize connectivity and speed with up to two M. 2 Drives, USB 3. 2 Gen2 and AMD StoreMI
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  • Next-gen connectivity: Dual PCIe 4. 0 m. 2 and USB 3. 2 Gen 2 Type-A/Type-C.Operating system:Windows 10 64-bit
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ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Z490 (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (14+2 Power Stages, DDR4 4800+, 5Gbps LAN, Intel LAN, Bluetooth v5.1, Triple M.2, Aura Sync)
  • Intel LGA 1200 socket: Designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Robust Power Solution: 14+2 power stages with ProCool II power connector, high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors to provide reliable power even when push the CPU performance to the limit
  • Optimized Thermal Design: Except comprehensive heatsink, heatpipe and fan headers, features low-noise AI cooling to balance thermals and acoustics by reducing fan speeds and maintaining a 5 Celsius delta
  • Fastest Gaming Connectivity: Dual Ethernet with 5Gb and gigabit Ethernet , LANGaurd, dual M. 2, USB 3. 2 Gen 2, and Intel WiFi 6 AX201 (802. 11 ax)
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: High fidelity audio with the SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III draws you deeper into the game action
  • Unmatched Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and Gen 2 addressable headers
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Bestseller No. 5
Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard LGA1151 (Intel 8th 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 802.11AC Wi-Fi
632 Reviews
Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard LGA1151 (Intel 8th 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 802.11AC Wi-Fi
  • Designed for 9th 8th Generation Intel Core processors maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2, onboard 802.11AC Wi Fi and ASUS optimum II for better DRAM overclocking stability
  • Gamer's Guardian ensures component longevity with safe Slot, ESD guards and DRAM over current protection
  • Pre mounted I/O shield ensures streamlined installation and represents ROG's attention to detail and quality
  • Revamped 5 way Optimization over clocks Intelligently based on smart prediction and thermal telemetry while FanXpert 4 delivers dynamic system cooling; Operating System Windows 10 64 bit
Bestseller No. 6
Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM AMD AM4 (3rd/2nd/1st Gen Ryzen Micro-ATX commercial motherboard (1Gb LAN, ECC Memory, D-Sub/HDMI/DVI-D, TPM header, COM port, Asus Control Center Express)
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Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM AMD AM4 (3rd/2nd/1st Gen Ryzen Micro-ATX commercial motherboard (1Gb LAN, ECC Memory, D-Sub/HDMI/DVI-D, TPM header, COM port, Asus Control Center Express)
  • Powered by 2nd generation AMD Ryzen AM4 processors to maximize connectivity and speed with NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, DDR4 and Gigabit LAN
  • ASUS Corporate Stable Model complimentary Advance Replacement and long life cycle with a COM header and PS2 ports for legacy needs
  • 5X Protection III hardware level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
  • Aura Sync RGB header provides a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever expanding ecosystem of enabled products
  • Patent pending Safe Slot Core fortified Pie slot prevents damage caused by heavyweight GPUs. Windows 10 64 bit. Micro ATX Form Factor: 9.6 inch x 9.5 inch
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ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming Z490 (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (14+2 Power Stages, DDR4 4600, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, Bluetooth v5.1, Dual M.2 and Aura Sync)
  • Intel LGA 1200 socket: Designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Robust Power Solution: 14+2 power stages with ProCool II power connector, high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors to provide reliable power even when push the CPU performance to the limit
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ASUS Prime Z490-A LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) ATX Motherboard (14 DrMOS Power Stages,Dual M.2, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Front Panel Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)
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A third type of overclocker also exists, and they are those who overclock their outdated components to keep up to par with ever increasing system requirements, instead of upgrading to newer hardware.

From the parts of a computer that are overclocked, there are really only four components that people really try to overclock. They are the processor (CPU), motherboard chipset, RAM (memory) and the video card. Traditionally these components are overclocked by changing the processor multiplier and the motherboard’s FSB which can be accessed via the motherboard’s BIOS or “Basic input output system” which is a firmware interface stored on a chip found on the motherboard.

You can access the BIOS on any computer by pressing the DEL key or on some other systems the F2 key depending on the manufacturer. The key needs to be pressed at some point after you hear a beep from the computer which is right after you press the power button.

For a long time the FSB or front side bus has always been at the heart of any overclocking attempt but now with AMD’s HyperTransport and Intel’s QuickPath Interconnect, FSB is fast becoming an old and slow technology.

The reason for AMD and Intel producing these new technologies in order to replace FSB is because in newer computer systems that we have today you find that the speed of which data is transferred from the northbridge to the CPU and other devices (this is FSB) has become a bottleneck for today’s fast processors that are able to deal with individual operations a lot quicker.

Before you begin overclocking there are some important matters that you should consider first.

The first thing is that you have enough power to a component so that it will be able to sustain the faster clock speed. Though at the same time, too much power to a particular component can permanently damage it. The best way to avoid any problems like this would be to check that you have a good power supply or invest in a better one.

The second matter is the fact that overclocking requires the ability to change certain values within the BIOS menu settings, something that is mostly found in more advanced and slightly more expensive motherboards rather than older and cheaper motherboards. More expensive, more advanced motherboards will have more settings to play around with and also include built-in overclocking settings. Some older motherboards or even those that are in new machines built by manufacturers such as Dell and HP, may not contain any settings within the bios that allow changing any clock speeds whatsoever and with that being the case such a motherboard would not support any overclocking at all.

The third matter that you need to take into consideration is cooling. All the parts within a computer system will produce heat. Once you start pushing the clock speed of a component higher, then that component will begin producing more heat than before. This becomes a problem if your cooling doesn’t keep the temperature at the proper levels. Overheating components can cause system instability which leads to crashes, failed startups and hardware failure. In a lot of cases depending on how far you intend to overclock a component, you can get away with using the stock cooling parts that cool the processor, video card, motherboard etc. But in order to get the most out of your overclocking adventure, it’s wise to invest in beefier more effective cooling. Things like bigger fans, larger heatsinks made from pure copper, water cooling and other more extreme methods like liquid nitrogen :O Cooling of a computer system is something you should never overlook. It’s a topic that is vast and you should research this area well before trying to overclock.

Part two of our ASUS motherboard overclocking guide coming soon

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