Overclocking on motherboard is made very easy these days, even if you are a beginner. There are quite a few different ways to overclock your system using the Maximus V Gene motherboard. You can manually overclock using the Turbo V EVO application in the AI Suite II software. You will also see a CPU Level Up tab. Here ASUS has preset overclocks depending on processor. We are using a i7-3770K so the overclocks we have available are 4.2GHz, 4.4GHz and 4.6GHz.
I went ahead and selected the 4.6GHz setting. It requires a restart and once you are rebooted your system will be automatically overclocked to that setting. This preset overclock simply sets the multiplier to 46.
I knew I could get past 4.6GHz if I went ahead and did some overclocking of my own so I decided to go into the BIOS and see what I could do. I easily hit 4.8GHz, by charging the multiplier to 48. I went for broke and set it to 50 which would give me a 5.0GHz overclock. Surprisingly Windows booted just fine. This is where I ran into some issues. Every program I would open would crash, it was very weird. Normally when overclocking if a system is not stable the system will freeze or reboot. In this instance all of my programs would crash, but the Windows itself seemed to work fine. I came to the conclusion that Windows did not like my 5.0GHz overclock. I tried to remedy the issue by upping the voltages, but that did not help. In the end I settled with a 4.9GHz overclock, that is a 40% or 1.4GHz overclock! And this is with no voltage changes at all! Very impressive!
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