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If you’re looking at new processors and can’t justify an upgrade, you’re probably here because you’re wondering can you overclock 5800X3D?

To put it simply, you shouldn’t overclock the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. This is because one of the main drawbacks of the X3D technology is the clock speed range.

In order to have a wider bandwidth to work with the technology had to top out the frequency of the chip. This ended up in a set of processors with little to no space to overclock them.

Additionally, while the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D was released with a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.5GHz, AMD limited the voltage of the CPU. This was to protect the chip from running too hot due to the extra weight put on its shoulders with the extra cache, but for that reason, this CPU was never meant to be overclocked.

Why can’t the 5800X3D be overclocked?

Among the reasons why AMD does not ‘allow’ overclocking on the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is that it is at risk of damage from ‘overvolting’.

As Robert Hallock (AMD’s former director of technical marketing) noted, the huge amount of cache on the processor is unable to go over 1.35 volts. Whereas other Zen 3 processors can go as high as 1.6 volts. Due to the processor running at 1.35 volts already, overvolting it could cause damage.

Has the 5800X3D been overclocked

Of course, there’s nothing impossible to a set of hands willing to make CPU history. The leaker @TUM_APISAK showed the world what would be the first look at the 5800X3D overclocked.

A screenshot shows the CPU was overclocked to an incredible clock speed of 5.5 GHz. Although we’d seen some overclocking at 5.1 GHz, these new results were jaw-breaking.

The chip ran at a little over 1.3V (1.296V) and while we don’t know the exact operating temperature, it was running on an ASUS XROG Crosshair VIII DARK HERO motherboard; which means it is one of ASUS’s top X570 products.

No benchmarks or BIOS settings were released, but we do know that the BIOS number is the 4201, which was released in April of 2022.

PC Guide Expert View

Okay, yes, you can overclock a 5800X3D. But no, the CPU was not built to be overclocked.

More importantly, doing so will void your warranty, and possibly permanently damage your processor. However, we understand that expert overclockers find it hard to resist getting records with a CPU like this.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows