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i was looking at both the intel k-series and be amd's and my question is this, can you only overclock these cpus or could i overclock any cpu i could possibly use? I'm asking this because i don't want to spend oodles of cash if i could just oc a cheaper cpu of the same line...
    
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As long as a CPU has an unlocked multiplier, it can technically be overclocked.
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Only the k processors can. I think the non k processors you can up the turbo boost but I'm not too sure...

Edit: This is on the 1155 platform not any other ones...
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The K and BE just mean the multipliers are unlocked and can clock higher than none K and BE cpus. you can pretty much OC any proc really
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ok, so how would i overclock say a sandy bridge pentium? (i think i posted in wrong category lol)
    
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Originally Posted by supercow;15166034 
ok, so how would i overclock say a sandy bridge pentium? (i think i posted in wrong category lol)

A Sandy Bridge Pentium chip would still need a P67 board or Z68. And you'd have to adjust the BCLK, which you can only get up to around 105MHz or so at most. So they won't overclock very well at all.

Still a good budget chip.

Any AMD chip can be overclocked pretty well, since they use the reference clock, which isn't as tied down as the BCLK on 1155.

Moved to Processors General, since you're asking about both. smile.gif
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post #7 of 34
Just the same as any other cpu. Adjust your multiplier and fsb to get your desired clock, then change other settings accordingly.
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There are some you can and some you can't, but generally you can overclock most processors

Perhaps the best thing to do would be for you to post links to anything particular you have in mind
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Out of intrest can you overclock a 500mhz amd processor easily? I just found one. Might be worth blowing up.
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i know it sounds dumb, but i was really wondering if i could crank a celeron g540 up to 3ghz?, seems too high so ill ask you guys if it can be done...
    
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