Does Your Motherboard Matter For Overclocking?

MSI Z490 overclocking motherboard

If you are looking to overclock your CPU, buying a motherboard that supports the overclocking capabilities of your CPU is very important, so your motherboard does matter for overclocking.

If you are not overclocking your CPU, then your motherboard does not affect your performance. That is why it is very important to figure out what you want to do with your PC before you start purchasing new components.

A person who does not want to overclock their computer does not need to buy a high-end motherboard because it will not do anything other than waste your money.

However, if you’re thinking about overclocking your PC or you think you might overclock it in the future, then buying a higher-end motherboard that supports overclocking might be a good idea.

How Much Do Motherboards Affect Overclocking?

The type of motherboard you have can determine the overclocking potential of your CPU. If you have a motherboard that does not support overclocking, then you won’t be able to overclock your CPU, even if it is unlocked.

That’s why it’s very important to figure out what motherboard you want and what overclocking capabilities it has before you buy it.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that not all overclocking motherboards are built the same. Some motherboards are built to allow you to overclock and others are built to overclock.

This is very important because you can buy a motherboard that supports overclocking, and even though it supports overclocking, you won’t be able to get the best performance boost out of it because it will only let you take your CPU so far.

On the other hand, you have motherboards that are built around overclocking specifically. These motherboards will allow you to take your CPU as far as your CPU will let you take it.

When using these types of motherboards you will be able to overclock to the upper limits.

How Do You Know Which Motherboards Support Overclocking?

If you are new to the PC building and are looking to buy a motherboard right now. It can be very difficult to figure out which motherboards support overclocking and which ones don’t.

Even if you do find a motherboard that supports overclocking it can be hard to determine whether it is a good overclocking motherboard or not.

So, I have created a little guide to help you out.

For people who are using an AMD Ryzen CPU, you should look out for motherboards with “B” or “X” series chipsets. These motherboards include:

  • B350
  • B450
  • B550
  • X370
  • X470
  • X570

AMD Ryzen motherboards with an “A” don’t support overclocking these include:

  • A320
  • A420
  • A520

IF you are not looking to overclock your PC then picking one of these motherboards will work just as well as any other chipset. However, if you are looking to overclock your PC do not buy one of these and instead look for the “B” or “X” chipset.

When looking at the “B” or “X” chipset motherboards for an overclock ability the “B” series motherboards will allow you to overclock, but these are more for budget builds that want to overclock, while the “X” series motherboards are more high-end and meant for more serious overclockers.

If you have a budget but are still looking to get as much overclocking power as possible, then I would recommend buying a B350 Tomohawk, B450 Tomohawk, or B550 Tomohawk and the B series Tomohawk motherboards have the pretty decent overclocking potential for their price and are very reliable.

With my first computer, I personally used the B350 Tomohawk and it is still very reliable to date. I got very good overclocks from it and my PC is running very well because of it.

If you are on the blue side and have an Intel CPU, then you should look for a motherboard with a “Z” series chipset as these motherboards will allow you to overclock your system.

Can Overclocking Damage Your Motherboard?

Yes, overclocking your system wrong can damage your motherboard, but it is unlikely.

Overclocking can damage almost any part of your system if not done properly. However, with the latest technology, it is very unlikely that you will damage anything in your computer when overclocking.

Even your motherboard.

There are many safety checks put in place to prevent damage from overclocking. If you overclock your system too far your computer will automatically shut off and your motherboard and CPU will reset back to the base performance level before you overclock.

Therefore, damaging your motherboard when overclocking is not something to worry about if you have the just of what you are doing.

Repairing Broken laptop motherboard

You should never overclock your system if you do not know what you are doing, but there are many videos and articles out there that will give you a step-by-step on how to overclock properly so that you don’t damage your PC, CPU, and motherboard.

There are really two ways that your motherboard can be damaged when you overclock. The first is that there is too much voltage going through your motherboard that it fries the system.

This is the least likely to happen.

Then there is the most common issue that you can run into when you overclock, which is that your motherboard overheats due to the CPU.

If your CPU overheats when it is overclocked it can both damage the CPU and the motherboard.

If you want to know more about managing your CPU heat I have made a more in-depth article about Why Managing your CPU Heat Matters.

Does a Better Motherboard Help With GPU Overclocking?

A better motherboard will not help with GPU overclocking. Motherboards that are designed for overclocking are meant to help the CPU be overclocked.

Even with a motherboard that doesn’t support overclocking a GPU will be able to overclock itself.

The reason for this is that the GPU uses its own parts built inside the GPU to overclock itself.

The CPU needs the motherboard to function and that’s also why it needs the motherboard to overclock.

On the other hand, the GPU is its own thing and uses its own built-in parts to run commands and render your graphics, and when it is overclocked it does the same thing.

It uses its own parts to speed up itself.


Will My Motherboard Bottleneck my CPU?

If you are not overclocking then no. Your motherboard will not bottleneck your CPU.

If you are using your motherboard for overclocking then your motherboard can bottleneck your CPU if your motherboard isn’t optimal for overclocking because you might not get all the overclock out of your CPU because your motherboard won’t allow you to overclock that far.

Will My Motherboard Bottleneck My GPU?

In most cases, your motherboard will not bottleneck your GPU because the GPU works on its own.

Lucas Coulson

I first got into building my own computer when I was around 12 or 13. The first computer I had ever built didn't work. So I kept researching to figure what I did wrong. I really enjoyed researching, learning, and building computers, so I decided to turn it into an online business, and here I am.

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