Basic Concepts of Overclocking Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs

In this article we aim to emphasize on the basic concepts of overclocking the latest Intel Core processors, not matter the generation or model. It’s totally recommended to read it before you start playing with BIOS settings, since you must have a well organised plan, like following the next step of an algorithm. Once, you feel comfortable with overclocking fundamentals, then you are able to put theory into practice and then overclock your PC. Pay attention though, that this guide is not intended for notebooks or tablets, but Desktop PC only.

Overclocking means that you are already familiar with your hardware no matter age, studies and engineering background. There are a few basic principles that you need to know before you click “Save changes and Exit” and protect your hardware from damage.


  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements & Disclaimer
  3. Intel Micro-architecture
  4. BIOS Setup
  5. Frequency and Voltage
  6. Identify your VID
  7. Maximize BCLK
  8. Maximize Memory
  9. Stabilize CPU
  10. Nehalem Overclocking
  11. SandyBridge Overclocking
  12. IvyBridge Overclocking
  13. Final Words


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