To boost the clock speed of an FX 8350, you’ll have to install it in an operating system on a motherboard that allows overclocking. In addition, you’ll have to access the BIOS or UEFI of your PC to modify your hardware settings.
Switch on your PC and constantly press and hold one of your keys until it is fully booted to boot into BIOS/UEFI (the key to hold down is likely to comprise “Delete”, “ESC” or “F2”, but this depends on the motherboard’s manufacture). If you’re using Windows 10, you can access the BIOS/UEFI via holding the shift key while pressing the restart button under the start menu. Select Troubleshoot , Advanced Options The UEFI Firmware Setting.
A layout layout in the BIOS/UEFI layout will depend on the manufacturer of your motherboard and could also differ dependent on the BIOS version you’ve installed, however, it will be simple to navigate. The majority of UEFI layouts have an option or window that you can change settings like the CPU’s voltage and speed by entering the new value, choosing the new value from a dropdown menu or pressing the increase or decrease buttons. In general, you would like your CPU’s clock to run as rapid as you can without overheating, and you to have your power as lower as it can but still steady (i.e. not crashing or causing errors). There are likely to be additional components of the BIOS/UEFI system where you can alter the timings of RAM and fan speed to improve performance.
It’s crucial to ensure that you have enough cooling to enable the speed you desire and to ensure that when you are overclocking you do it gradually (perhaps up to 25-50 MHz intervals for frequency and 0.025-0.05V to measure voltages) and check them by restarting windows (or the OS you’re currently running) and then running some CPU-intensive tasks to make sure that your CPU is solid.
If an attempt to overclock causes your computer to boot up it, you might require clearing your motherboard’s CMOS to reset your BIOS. This usually involves short-circuiting two of the pins on the motherboard for approximately 10 minutes (these pins are designed to serve this purpose), you can purchase “jumpers” to fit over the pins to short circuit the pins, and motherboards can occasionally come in a package with CMOS jumpers, however the majority of people utilize a screwdriver, or similar metal tool).
If you decide to erase CMOS using this method then you must be extra careful to make sure:
- You’re shorting the proper pins (which are marked in a schematic of your motherboard inside the manual. If you don’t have one , you’ll be able to locate one on the internet)
- The computer’s power is off when you cut it out (or otherwise you could damage your computer, or hurting yourself). It is advised to unplug the power cable completely to be sure.
- It is important to ensure that the computer plugged in after turning off the electricity. If you’re using the jumper, be sure you take it off.
Some motherboards that are of high-end quality will come with tiny “reset CMOS” buttons that you can press for a couple of minutes instead of having struggle with shorting out the pins.
I suggest you go online to find the BIOS of your motherboard to know more information on how and if they are used to overclock and/or clear CMOS.