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So i know that if there is a "K" in the CPU name it means its unlocked and can be OC'ed

however, some of the AMD card series doesnt do suffixs. like the FX or phennon series

so when it doesnt have suffix's how do u know whether it can be OC'ed or not?
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There really is no clear cut answer. You just have to research the specifics of the CPU. There are some guidelines you may be able to follow, but you would still have to know specifics about the processor in question.
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So i know that if there is a "K" in the CPU name it means its unlocked and can be OC'ed

however, some of the AMD card series doesnt do suffixs. like the FX or phennon series

so when it doesnt have suffix's how do u know whether it can be OC'ed or not?

You can OC all of AMD's CPUs the old fashioned way (CPU strap, FSB, BCLK...etc), the Black edition have unlocked multipliers which makes it easier to OC.

Intel used to be overclockable the old school way too but has removed OC'ing capabilities on all of their CPUs after 1156/1366 except for the K versions.
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There really is no clear cut answer. You just have to research the specifics of the CPU. There are some guidelines you may be able to follow, but you would still have to know specifics about the processor in question.

okay, so if theres no "K" in the chip, we just have to research the cpu to see if its overclockable?

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You can OC all of AMD's CPUs the old fashioned way (CPU strap, FSB, BCLK...etc), the Black edition have unlocked multipliers which makes it easier to OC.

Intel used to be overclockable the old school way too but has removed OC'ing capabilities on all of their CPUs after 1156/1366 except for the K versions.

i dunno what any of those mean lol.
i dunno anything about OC'ing.

whats the old school way?

and i "kinda" know how to OC haswell since I watched 2 haswell OC video guides.
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99% of haswell video guides are terrible, we have a thread on OCN for discussion etc (the haswell overclocking thread with statistics)

non-k intel CPU atm = no OC

k intel CPU or black edition AMD CPU = oc with multiplier (etc 100x40 instead of 100x35)

most AMD CPU atm = OCable base clock/fsb/whatever (etc 110x35 instead of 100x35) - with many CPU's, you'd use both multi and base clock if you can.
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okay, so if theres no "K" in the chip, we just have to research the cpu to see if its overclockable?
i dunno what any of those mean lol.
i dunno anything about OC'ing.

whats the old school way?

and i "kinda" know how to OC haswell since I watched 2 haswell OC video guides.


the front side bus is the old school way. As long as you have a unlocked motherboard you can overclock any chip that has the front side bus open for adjustment.

if you have a premade motherboard (dell, hp, gatway) those do not allow any overclocking.
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