- 23 months ago
I was wondering what was the safe voltage for overclocking Ryzen 1700X?
I ask because despite many videos of enthusiasts/hobbyists overclocking their Ryzen 7 to 4GHz, definitions on stability is subjective. For example Paul from Paul's Hardware merely runs a single test on Cinebench, and he seems to overclock for the geek factor of it just to see how far he can push a CPU. Then you have JayzTwoCents who seems to frown on overclocking because he says he's all about stability.
As a newb, it's hard to sort through the practical from the enthusiastic. I guess if you're willing to build your own PC, chances are, you lean more toward the enthusiastic spectrum, but honestly, I'd say I'm more practical.
So far I've been trying to overclock my Ryzen 1700X, but I haven't been successful. My most stable spec was 3.85 GHz and 1.35V with offset of +.025. I saw an AMD sponsored video of one of their techs overclocking, and he says any Ryzen 7 chip should handle 4 GHz, and he overclocks his chip to 4 GHz from the outset. I followed his step-by-step video to a T, but my Cinebench freezes from the outset. At 3.95, my Cinebench froze the 12th straight time I ran it. On Aida 65, it failed within 15 seconds. I've never been able to pass the AMD RealBench other than default settings, because it says it failed to "parse specs." Maybe it's because I've set up my RAM to 3200MHz 14-14-14-34... I've heard this is not achievable with Ryzen chips, even if the RAM is rated for that speed. I have a Flare X 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 so I don't understand why I need to downclock RAM to overclock chip... very confusing.
Right now I'm set up on 3.85 GHz, and I ran Aida 64 without any problems for 28 minutes.
Trying to figure out if I should try to push it more by increasing voltage, or whether I should just let it be.
I know there's a lot of disagreement on voltage...