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Overclocking i5 3570k without using bios

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July 4, 2013 7:12:13 AM

Hi, i recently upgraded my CPU from an i3 3220 to an i5 3370k.

I am new to overclocking and I don't think i can manually overclock through my bios as my P8H61 - MX motherboard doesn't have the option to overclock.

Is there any way for me to overclock using software?

Specs.

i5 3570k
AMD Radeon HD 7770
500gb 7200 rpm HDD
P8H61 - MX Motherboard
2x4gb RAM

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a b K Overclocking
July 4, 2013 7:20:30 AM

mullally96 said:
Hi, i recently upgraded my CPU from an i3 3220 to an i5 3370k.

I am new to overclocking and I don't think i can manually overclock through my bios as my P8H61 - MX motherboard doesn't have the option to overclock.

Is there any way for me to overclock using software?

Specs.

i5 3570k
AMD Radeon HD 7770
500gb 7200 rpm HDD
P8H61 - MX Motherboard
2x4gb RAM


You could try and OC with setfsb, but software overclocking is very unreliable, and no-one on Toms would really recommend it.

Saying that, you have an I5 3570k, and although its designed for Overclocking, is one of the best CPU's out there, and even with a high end GFX doesn't need to be overclocked to keep pace. It's an awesome chip, so be happy :) 

Down the line you can always get a new Z75/77 mobo, and squeeze some more juice out of your CPU.
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July 4, 2013 7:21:33 AM

No. You need a motherboard with a P67, Z68, Z75, or Z77 chipset to really overclock the cpu. Other chipsets will sometimes allow minor overclocking, like the turbo boost or the Bclk (the latter is risky because it affects more than just the cpu), but software won't overcome the limitations of the motherboard chipset, and from what I've read, using BIOS settings is strongly preferred over software for cpu overclocking. Also, an aftermarket cpu cooler is a good idea if you want to overclock, and you haven't specified one. Do you have one that you forgot to list?
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July 4, 2013 7:26:17 AM

Ok thanks for all the reply's :)  . I don't have an aftermarket CPU cooler yet but im getting one soon. I'll have to buy i new motherboard then if i want to overclock :/ 
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July 4, 2013 7:29:11 AM

mullally96 said:
Ok thanks for all the reply's :)  . I don't have an aftermarket CPU cooler yet but im getting one soon. I'll have to buy i new motherboard then if i want to overclock :/ 


Yes, really that s the only option for a safe overclock, but seriously, you have no need with that CPU right now :)  Don't forget to select best answer :) 
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