Overclocking on the Z97 GUARD-PRO when paired with the Intel Pentium G3258 was easier than anything I have ever had the pleasure of using. It was so easy and straight forward I almost couldn’t believe it.
After having a look online I decided to aim for 4.5GHZ which is about a 37% increase in performance. This is quite a big boost and was the speed I wanted to run my OC benchmarks. Entering the Bios I changed the normal host of options, disabling all the power saving rubbish and getting my voltages set. I went ahead switched the multiplier to 45 and that was it, booted up into windows and ran smooth as could be when stressing at full load using Prime 95.
My next goal was 4.8GHz, I chose this as it would be a 50% increase in CPU power which is absolutely amazing, especially from what is essentially a budget CPU. Went on into the BIOS upped the multiplier to 48 upped the voltage to 1.375 and BAM! The G3258 was off and running with no problems. After about an hour of Prime 95 everything seemed fine so I set off to see what else I could get out of it.
My first thought was to just jump right to 5.0Ghz but I knew I was pushing the limits for the average G3258, especially without any LN2 so I went for 4,9Ghz first. It booted into Windows fine, ran Prime 95 and all was well but something just felt a bit off to me, so I went back into the BIOS upped voltage to 1.400 and tried it all out again and was as smooth as could be.
Next up was the big 5.0GHz. At this point I was already quite excited and happy as this was my personal best overclocking experience in terms of overall CPU % gained. Back into the BIOS, Multiplier set to 50 with my trusty 100 BCLK and off I went. Booted into windows and all was looking good. Checked a few things online, eBay, Facebook and what not and decided it was time to put it to the test.
Staring down the barrel of 5.0Ghz on the G3258 and the only thing directly in my way of being able to consider this achieved was Prime 95 and about an hours worth of time. Opened up Prime 95, started my stress test and everything seemed fine. It wasn’t until after about 15min it eventually blue screened on me and I knew my luck had ran out.
The Intel Pentium G3258 allowed me to overclock it to 4.9GHz with 1.4004v and that was all she wrote!