In news I think we can all get behind, AMD has confirmed each and every Ryzen CPU will have an unlocked multiplier. This means whichever Ryzen CPU you happen to pick up you’ll be able to overclock to your heart’s content.
The news comes via a new batch of presentation slides released by AMD, saying “At AMD, we’re still listening. And you’ll love what we’ve done.” It confirms every AMD Ryzen processor will be overclockable. Compare this to Intel, who uses overclocking capability as an additional selling point for specific, more expensive CPUs, and it’s a great look for AMD.
Naturally enough you’re going to need a decent compatible motherboard with overclocking capabilities (and X370, X300, or B350 chipset) and a capable cooling solution, but ultimately you’re not going to be locked out of maximising the capabilities of your processor based on which one you buy. It should be noted as well, if you want to go high-end then an X370 motherboard is required for CrossFire multi-GPU configurations with Ryzen.
As we also saw during the Ryzen reveal itself, overclocking promises to have never been easier. XFX (Extended Frequency Range) automatically overclocking your Ryzen CPU based on the cooling and air flow you have provided for it. Get a top notch case with great ventilation and you will automatically see the benefits from it.
In terms of when you’re actually going to be able to get your hands on Ryzen CPUs, that’s a little up in the air. AMD is still aiming for a Q1 2017 launch but don’t be surprised to see this slip. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen.