We’ve recently changed how we test overclocking performance. With newer BIOS and software becoming increasingly more capable of doing overclocking, it seems pertinent to also include those results.
Overclocking – BIOS
The TUF X370 Mark 1 BIOS offers simple CPU overclocking, power consumption tuning, and fan tuning via its EZ Tuning Wizard. Once clicked, EZ Tuning Wizard reboots and does its thing. The only user input that’s required is choosing the computer’s usage, choosing the cooling solution, and clicking next.
The BIOS automatically overclocked the CPU to 4.944 GHz (48 x 103 MHz). The 103 Mhz BCLK also meant that the memory was also overclocked to 2746 Mhz. CPU voltage is a touch high when under 100% load, but perfectly fine the rest of the time.
Overclocking - Software
Asus’ own Ai Suite 3 software took care of the overclocking duties here via its 5-Way Optimization program. There are a few selections when deciding how aggressive the user wants the overclock to be. I chose the most aggressive of all the selections. An option of per core aka Turbo or all core is available. I choose per core to see how high a single or dual core clock could go.
5-Way Optimization automatically overclocked the CPU to 3.8GHz (38x100 MHz ) for all four cores with a 5.0GHz (0 x 100 MHz ) turbo. This is less that the EZ Tuning Wizard overclock and the voltage was higher. Like the EZ Tuning Wizard, 5-Way Optimization program also tuned the system power consumption profile and the fans.
Overclocking - Manual
I started out configuring the Ryzen 7 1700 at its default settings with the BIOS. Once the default settings were in, it was now time to see how high I could push the CPU with our water cooling system and have it still be 100% stable. All cores and SMT were still enabled. The memory was left at XMP default, the Line Load Calibration was changed from setting 1 to setting 7, EZ System Tuning (system power consumption profile) was set to Performance, and the fans were set to maximum.
We managed to squeeze 4.25GHz out of it with the Prime X370-Pro. The voltage is a bit high at 1.44v. Interestingly, the settings I used were identical for what Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization used, including the voltage.
Out of the 3 solutions, manual overclocking wins, but only if you’re adept at overclocking and you want to achieve the highest results. EZ Tuning Wizard is likely the best solution for most people, thanks to its ease and I was quite happy with the results. The Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization would be my last choice. It did a fine job, but didn’t quite achieve near the same overclock as we did with the other two solutions.