Basic Concepts of Overclocking Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs

The purpose of Overclocking

What everyone needs can be quite controversial to discuss, although the same basic principles apply to all of them. Hence, the basic process it’s the same for everyone whether you are planning to use your system as daily PC, gaming rig o just want to run a single benchmark.

Overclock but stable!

Everyone has their individual definitions of a what a stable system means.  It’s true that overclocking targets to power users who need lot’s of cores and threads to run their applications. So the best way to make sure that your PC won’t crash while working on a heavy app, it’s to test it under the same conditions – such as running a stressing tool.

For example, if you are a gamer then your PC should be stable enough to play games without crash due to an overclock pushed too far.

For a hardware maniac that benches all night long, he needs to be stable just for 7 seconds to validate its score.

So as you can see, there are different meanings applying into a stable system. Reliability is the key in our guide, thus we don’t intent to teach you how to break the next world record, but let you know the basics.


UbuntuXtreme is not responsible for any bad things that might  happen to your PC as a result of you listening to our advices. There will always be a risk that overclocking can damage your hardware, so please we are not responsible for anything. Note, that overclocking will also void your PC warranty.


Sad but true, we cannot cover all the details here. So you need a little bit of BIOS experience before you read this guide.  If you do not, please do not be afraid to get into your BIOS and have a look around. I suppose that most you have already changed the first boot device. Don’t ya?


Cooling not only plays a huge roll in reducing temperatures but is also determine how much voltages you can feed to your CPU before you damage or even kill it, especially with the 22nm IvyBridge CPU’s who are much more sensitive to voltages. Electronic components behave differently under extreme cooling than under conventional cooling.

Use voltages in moderation and rather be safe than sorry, especially if you cool with conventional cooling such as air or water.

Time Consuming

Our method can be seriously time consuming, which means you are not going to push your hardware up to 4.5 GHz in 5 minutes. If UNIX had teach us something, is how to do things right. So with that in mind, we will attempt to isolate each portion of the system and overclock one piece at a time. This may seem time consuming at first glance, but rest assured this can potentially save you hours of troubleshooting and frustration.

That been told, please head onwards to the next page 🙂


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