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Man Vs. Machine: Four Automatic Overclocking Techs, Compared

MSI OC Genie

We've heard one-touch overclocking and Easy Button used to refer to MSI’s OC Genie instant overclocking method. Rather than rely on a BIOS setting or software application, the Z68-GD80 provides a button that engages instant overclock mode.

The result is a 4.20 GHz clock rate, regardless of the number of active CPU cores, making this the most conservative approach tested thus far. Its 1.34 V CPU core setting is also conservative, additionally making this one of the safest automatic overclocks.

OC Genie is able to use our memory’s XMP values, however, jumping straight to the board’s DDR3-2133 ratio. A 99.8 MHz base clock produces an actual data rate of 2129 MT/s.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.