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Overclocking Ryzen 5 1600x vs Using built in XFR

I have used Intel my whole adult life. I am used to the normal results of beating intel's turbo boost by a handy margin, making overclocking worth it. My main rig has an i7-6700k overclocked to 4.5Ghz (beating the turbo boost advertised by Intel by 300MHz).

Now with my Ryzen 5 1600x, I am seeing that most people can't break 4-4.1GHz. I know that if you overclock the Ryzen CPUs they then disable XFR. However XFR seems to boost certain cores to 4.1 on the fly when needed.

So my question, is it worth it to overclock the Ryzen 5 1600x and lose power efficiency and XFR? Are there benefits to overclocking on Ryzen that I am missing on these chips?
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    LilDog1291 said:
    I have used Intel my whole adult life. I am used to the normal results of beating intel's turbo boost by a handy margin, making overclocking worth it. My main rig has an i7-6700k overclocked to 4.5Ghz (beating the turbo boost advertised by Intel by 300MHz).

    Now with my Ryzen 5 1600x, I am seeing that most people can't break 4-4.1GHz. I know that if you overclock the Ryzen CPUs they then disable XFR. However XFR seems to boost certain cores to 4.1 on the fly when needed.

    So my question, is it worth it to overclock the Ryzen 5 1600x and lose power efficiency and XFR? Are there benefits to overclocking on Ryzen that I am missing on these chips?


    XFR only boosts 1 or 2 cores and only works dependant on your cooling solution, so the CPU decides if its ever going to allow those 1/2 cores to hit 4.1ghz, however an overclock will affect all cores, so even if you can only get it upto 3.9ghz on all cores, its very well worth it.

    Remeber its really a 3.4ghz CPU which boosts upto 3.6ghz, so a 3.9ghz overclock on all cores is a good overclock.
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  2. Seanie280672 said:
    LilDog1291 said:
    I have used Intel my whole adult life. I am used to the normal results of beating intel's turbo boost by a handy margin, making overclocking worth it. My main rig has an i7-6700k overclocked to 4.5Ghz (beating the turbo boost advertised by Intel by 300MHz).

    Now with my Ryzen 5 1600x, I am seeing that most people can't break 4-4.1GHz. I know that if you overclock the Ryzen CPUs they then disable XFR. However XFR seems to boost certain cores to 4.1 on the fly when needed.

    So my question, is it worth it to overclock the Ryzen 5 1600x and lose power efficiency and XFR? Are there benefits to overclocking on Ryzen that I am missing on these chips?


    XFR only boosts 1 or 2 cores and only works dependant on your cooling solution, so the CPU decides if its ever going to allow those 1/2 cores to hit 4.1ghz, however an overclock will affect all cores, so even if you can only get it upto 3.9ghz on all cores, its very well worth it.

    Remeber its really a 3.4ghz CPU which boosts upto 3.6ghz, so a 3.9ghz overclock on all cores is a good overclock.


    I thought the base clock speed was 3.6GHz? Source: https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-5-1600x

    But I see your point. I was unaware that XFR only did 1-2 cores at a time. So I guess tonight I'll try to hit 4GHz and see what happens. Thanks for your help.
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  3. LilDog1291 said:
    Seanie280672 said:
    LilDog1291 said:
    I have used Intel my whole adult life. I am used to the normal results of beating intel's turbo boost by a handy margin, making overclocking worth it. My main rig has an i7-6700k overclocked to 4.5Ghz (beating the turbo boost advertised by Intel by 300MHz).

    Now with my Ryzen 5 1600x, I am seeing that most people can't break 4-4.1GHz. I know that if you overclock the Ryzen CPUs they then disable XFR. However XFR seems to boost certain cores to 4.1 on the fly when needed.

    So my question, is it worth it to overclock the Ryzen 5 1600x and lose power efficiency and XFR? Are there benefits to overclocking on Ryzen that I am missing on these chips?


    XFR only boosts 1 or 2 cores and only works dependant on your cooling solution, so the CPU decides if its ever going to allow those 1/2 cores to hit 4.1ghz, however an overclock will affect all cores, so even if you can only get it upto 3.9ghz on all cores, its very well worth it.

    Remeber its really a 3.4ghz CPU which boosts upto 3.6ghz, so a 3.9ghz overclock on all cores is a good overclock.


    I thought the base clock speed was 3.6GHz? Source: https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-5-1600x

    But I see your point. I was unaware that XFR only did 1-2 cores at a time. So I guess tonight I'll try to hit 4GHz and see what happens. Thanks for your help.


    Sorry, my bad, it is 3.6ghz, got it mixed up with the 1600, turbo's to 3.6ghz
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