Your central processing unit, or CPU, controls all of your computer's calculations as well as the input and output for each hardware component. The CPU is set up in the BIOS, so if you upgrade your CPU or want to overclock the processor, you make these changes in the BIOS. Phoenix is a manufacturer of BIOS systems, and you must navigate to the CPU settings when making changes to your system. Each motherboard has its own settings, so have your motherboard manual handy to correctly set up the CPU.
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Things you need
- Motherboard manufacturer's manual
Power off the computer. Press the computer case's power button on the front of your computer. When the Phoenix BIOS splash screen displays, press the "F1" key. The computer boots to the BIOS set-up screen.
Use the arrow keys to select the "Processor Type" option and press "Enter" to open the options. After the settings window displays, use the down arrow key to scroll down to the processor type option.
Press the "+" key to choose a new processor type. Press "Enter" to confirm the selection. Scroll down to the voltage. You must increase the voltage to overclock your processor.
Use the "+" key to increase the voltage and the "-" key to decrease the voltage. Ensure that the voltage settings you select match the motherboard manufacturer's suggestions.
Press "Esc" and select "Save and Exit." Press "Enter" to save the changes and reboot the computer.
Tips and warnings
- Increasing voltage incorrectly on your CPU settings can ruin your processor. Ensure you use the voltage settings that match your processor speed.
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