So you have a decent CPU but are wondering if you could squeeze a little bit of extra performance out of it. You go online and find out about overclocking. By now, you should know that only certain CPUs from Intel and all newer AMD Ryzen CPUs support overclocking. “But does my motherboard support overclocking?“, you ask and here is the answer.
In short, all Intel motherboards that start with the letter Z or X before the digits support overclocking. For AMD, motherboards with the letters B or X support overclocking. For example, the B550 chipset supports overclocking on AMD, but the A520 will not have any overclocking capabilities whatsoever.
If you are still asking, “Does my motherboard support overclocking?” and don’t know what motherboard you have, don’t worry. You can learn how to check your motherboard model and if it supports overclocking by reading the rest of the article.
Does My Motherboard Support Overclocking?
We already know that for overclocking you need to have a CPU that supports it. All newer Ryzen CPUs are overclockable. For Intel, you need a K or X series CPU. That is the last letter in the name of the. For example, the Intel Core i5-10600K CPU supports overclocking. But to do some overclocking and increase the performance of your CPU, you also need the right motherboard for that.
We already know that you need an X or B motherboard for AMD Ryzen or a Z or X motherboard for Intel. If you already know which motherboard model you have, then you are good to go. But if you do not know, one of the easiest ways to check it is to actually look at the motherboard itself and check the name written on the motherboard itself.
The name of the motherboard is typically written under the CPU and above the graphics card. There is usually the manufacturer name, the chipset, and the exact motherboard model written on there. But what if you can’t find the name or if opening your case is too complicated for you? Don’t worry, there are a few more ways to check your motherboard model.
Another easy way to check the name of your motherboard and also your CPU is to use third-party software. Something like CPU-Z or Speccy works great here. Just download and install the program of your choice and look for the “Motherboard” or “Mainboard” tab.
You will see both the manufacturer and model name of your motherboard and, while you are at it, check the CPU model as well if you do not know what processor you have. You can then check the manufacturer’s website to make sure that both your CPU and motherboard support overclocking.
Another way to check your motherboard model name is through Windows 10. Here is how to do it:
- Open the Start menu and type “System Information“. Open it
- In System Summary, scroll down until you find “Motherboard/BaseBoard Manufacturer” and “Motherboard/BaseBoard Model“. Alternatively, the motherboard model could be under “System Model” as well.
- If you see that the motherboard model name starts with a Z or X (Intel) or B or X (AMD), your motherboard supports overclocking.
When you want to overclock, you want to do it through your BIOS. You can actually check in the BIOS itself if your motherboard supports overclocking. If you can see the voltages and frequency and also change them for your CPU, that means that your motherboard supports overclocking. Cheaper motherboards that don’t support it won’t allow you to change the CPU multiplier.
So, does my motherboard support overclocking? If it has the letter Z or X for Intel or B or X for AMD before the model name, it supports overclocking. Also, if you have an AMD Ryzen Threadripper, the only motherboards that you can get are the X399 and TRX40 chipsets, both of which support overclocking.
The most important thing here is to know what CPU and what motherboard you have. All AMD Ryzen CPUs are overclockable as long as you have the right motherboard that supports overclocking. And for Intel, you must have a K or X CPU to do any overclocking in addition to the right motherboard.