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AMD Ryzen 7000X3D and the overclock controversy: it is limited to PBO

Both the AMD Ryzen 7000 and the Intel Core 13 released a few months ago are more than enough to achieve high FPS rates in games and great results in Cinebench. But let’s not forget about the Ryzen 7000X3D, which wants to be crowned the new kings of gaming. Just a few days ago we said that the AMD Ryzen 7000X3D would be overclocking friendly and now it turns out that will not allow manual overclockbut if they will be compatible with PBO 2 and Curve Optimizer.


Modern processors already come with such high frequencies that overclocking usually doesn’t achieve much improvement. Seen this way, it seems that the OC does not make sense, but power control voltage It is always appreciated if we want to get a performance bonus or better yet, improve consumption and temperatures. And it is that, if we can control the voltage we can also do undervolt and basically improve energy efficiency. It all depends on the use we give it and our clear cooling system, but having an unlocked processor is always appreciated when giving us these options.

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AMD is not clear, the AMD Ryzen 7000X3D will not allow manual overclock


Therefore, when we found out that the Ryzen 7000X3D would arrive with unlocked voltage, since we already had in mind that these CPUs would allow overclocking without problems. This is a half truth, because now AMD has corrected his words and has removed the “Unlocked for Overclocking” that we saw a few days ago. But don’t worry, because the expected AMD processors with 3D V-Cache will not repeat the same mistake as the Ryzen 5800X3D.

The company is not clear, since they are not locked, but not fully unlocked like a regular Ryzen. Instead, both the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D Y Ryzen 9 7950X3D won’t support manual overclock of the nuclei. Instead, if they will allow overclocking the RAM and the Infinity Fabric. But more important than that, is the fact that AMD has released that it will support the two very important features for efficient overclock/undervolt on Ryzen.

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The Ryzen 7000X3D are compatible with PBO2 and Curve Optimizer

AMD Ryzen 7700X PBO 2 optimization

Apparently AMD saved the best for last, because unlike the Ryzen 5800X3D blocked for overclocking, the Ryzen 7000X3D will be supported out of the box with PBO2 (Precision Boost 2) and Curve Optimizer. With this, we can now say that we can really make an overclock (or undervolt) more efficient than the manual one, because basically by combining both we can get a more optimized voltage/frequency curve. In case you don’t know about its usefulness, the YouTuber Optimum Tech made a guide where he explained how to use them and achieve greater efficiency in the Ryzen 7000.

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Specifically, we can see how using PBO2 and Curve Optimizer, it has gone from achieving 93 degrees and 138W with your Ryzen 7700X to only 87W and 61 degrees. That is to say, reduced the temperature by 32 degrees and consumption by 51W without losing performance. Although it is true that in the end we lose the manual overclock, in return we gain compatibility with these two functions. To tell the truth and knowing how cramped these serial processors get, it’s an even better idea to focus on power efficiency and reducing temperatures. Well, he 5800X3D with 3D V-Cache it was pretty hot out of the box and being locked the only way to optimize it was using the program PBO2 Tuner.


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