Auto OC Ryzen 7000 or 5000 PBO2 (Curve Optimization)

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If you’re trying to get the best out of your AMD Ryzen 5000 or 7000 series processor, you might have heard about Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) and its cool Curve Optimization feature. This neat tool lets you play with your CPU’s settings to make it run faster while still being smooth and power-efficient. If this is all new to you, no worries, we’re going to make it super simple to follow. We’ll start with what PBO2 is, why curve optimization is a big deal, and how to go step by step to tune your processor. By the end of this, you’ll be all set to make your Ryzen processor run like a dream.

Also see: How to Test CPU Throttling in Windows 11

Auto OC Ryzen 7000 or 5000 PBO2 (Curve Optimization)

Supported AMD Ryzen Processors with PBO2

Before we jump into tweaking your CPU, let’s check if your processor works with PBO2. This cool tech is compatible with these Ryzen 5000 and 7000 series CPUs:

  • Ryzen 5 5600X
  • Ryzen 7 5700X
  • Ryzen 7 5800X
  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • Ryzen 9 5900X
  • Ryzen 9 5950X
  • Ryzen 5 7600X
  • Ryzen 7 7700X
  • Ryzen 9 7900X
  • Ryzen 9 7950X

If you’ve got one of these, you’re all set for some PBO2 fun!

Ryzen 7000 and 5000

Choosing between Ryzen Master and BIOS for PBO2

To make your Ryzen processor faster and cooler, you can use two tools: Ryzen Master and the BIOS. Each has its perks and works best depending on what you like.

Ryzen Master:

  • Easy and user-friendly, great for starters.
  • Change settings without restarting your computer (though sometimes you still need to reboot).
  • Save different setups for things like gaming or work.

PBO Curve Optimization with Ryzen Master


  • More options for tweaking, some of which Ryzen Master doesn’t have.
  • Changes in the BIOS are super stable since they’re applied deep in the system.
  • No need for extra software, it’s all in your motherboard.

BIOS UEFI PBO Curve Optimizer

We’ll focus on Ryzen Master here because it’s easier for most folks. But if you’re good with the BIOS and like getting hands-on, go for it.

Linked issue: Ryzen Master unable to initialize Kindly reinstall the program

A brief overview of PBO2, Curve Optimization, and Boost Override

Here’s a quick rundown on some terms before we dive in:

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2): This is AMD’s fancy way to overclock Ryzen CPUs. It pushes your CPU beyond its normal limits but keeps things safe and steady.

Key features of PBO2:

  • Curve Optimization: Lets you fine-tune the voltage, so your CPU can run faster without getting too hot.
  • Boost Override CPU (Auto OC): Cranks up the max speed your CPU can hit, which might give you a boost in games and apps that don’t use many CPU cores.
  • Power Limits (PPT, TDC, EDC): These settings help you manage how much power your CPU uses, so you can find the right balance between speed and power use.

Next up, we’ll get into how to use these features to make your Ryzen CPU fly.

First step: Finding the best curve using Curve Optimizer

Starting with the Curve Optimizer in Ryzen Master is a great way to make your CPU use less power and stay cooler while keeping its speed. Here’s what to do:

  1. Open Ryzen Master on your computer.
  2. Switch to the “Advanced View” for more options.AMD Ryzen Master Advanced View
  3. Pick “Curve Optimizer” from the menu on the left.
  4. Choose “Auto Overclocking” under Control Mode.Ryzen Master Curve Optimizer Auto Overclocking
  5. Set the PPT (Package Power Tracking), TDC (Thermal Design Current), and EDC (Electrical Design Current) to your CPU’s standard numbers. You can find these by looking up your specific Ryzen model online. For example, a Ryzen 5700X has PPT: 76W, TDC: 60A, and EDC: 90A, while a Ryzen 5800X has PPT: 142W, TDC: 95A, and EDC: 140A.Set default power limits ppt tdc edc Ryzen Master
  6. Don’t mess with the “Boost Override CPU” just yet.
  7. For Curve Optimizer (CO) mode, select “Per Core” to tweak each core on its own for better outcomes.
  8. Hit “Start Optimizing” and let Ryzen Master find the best settings for your CPU.Ryzen Master Curve Optimizer for 5000 or 7000 CPU
  9. When it’s done, click “Save Profile” then “Apply” to keep the settings.

Common problem: PC Keeps Restarting When Opening Ryzen Master

If the auto optimizer in Ryzen Master sets your cores to -30, you’ve got a “golden chip.” That’s awesome!

Choosing “Per Core” mode lets you tune each core individually, which can squeeze out more performance since every core is a little different.

Optional for pros: BIOS manual curve optimization

For the pros, the BIOS is where you can really get into the nitty-gritty. Start with a small negative curve, like -5, on all cores. Use tests like Prime95 or Cinebench to check if everything’s running smoothly. Keep tweaking and testing until you find the perfect balance or things start to get shaky.

Asrock BIOS Curve Optimizer settings

Second step: Finding the maximum “Boost Clock Override”

After tuning your CPU’s voltage curve, the next thing is figuring out how high you can crank the speed with Boost Clock Override. This part is all about finding that sweet spot where your CPU runs faster without tripping over itself. Here’s the drill:

  1. In Ryzen Master, under the same “Auto Overclocking” area, bump up the “Boost Override CPU” by 25 MHz and hit “Apply“.How to set PBO Boost Override CPU Ryzen 5000 or 7000
  2. Your computer needs a restart to apply these changes. After that, use stress tests like Prime95, OCCT, or Cinebench to make sure everything’s stable.Run Prime95 to test CPU overclock stability
  3. If your system doesn’t crash, go back to Ryzen Master, add another 25 MHz to the boost, and test again.
  4. Keep going until your system acts up, then dial back to the last stable boost. That’s your CPU’s max boost.
  5. Some lucky folks might hit the 200 MHz max boost without issues, but that’s pretty rare.

Suggested read: Why is my CPU Overheating and How to Fix it?

Next, we’ll adjust the power limits to wrap up the tuning process.

Third step: Finding the most suitable power limits

With your CPU’s curve and Boost Clock Override set, the last step is tweaking the power limits. This includes the Package Power Tracking (PPT), Thermal Design Current (TDC), and Electrical Design Current (EDC). Here’s how to do it:

  1. Understand the Power Limits:
    • PPT (Package Power Tracking): This is the max power your CPU can use. A higher PPT means more power for performance, but it doesn’t mean your system will always use the max allowed. It just takes what it needs.
    • TDC (Thermal Design Current): This is about the max current for keeping things cool, important for long tasks.
    • EDC (Electrical Design Current): This is for short bursts of power, really important for quick tasks that need a lot of juice.
  2. Set the PPT: Pick a PPT value that fits what you’re looking for. If power use isn’t a big deal, you can set it pretty high. But remember, setting a limit doesn’t mean your system will always hit that number. It just means it won’t go over. I picked 300 because that’s what my motherboard can handle.Best PPT Value PBO Ryzen 5000 or 7000
  3. Tuning the EDC (the big deal, in my opinion):
    • Start bumping up the EDC a bit at a time, like +10.How to set EDC value in PBO
    • After each change, run a benchmark like Cinebench and watch your scores and your CPU’s speed and temperature.Cinebench score
    • Keep track of your tests in a spreadsheet, maybe even make a chart to see the effects of different EDC settings.How to find the best EDC value for PBO overclock
  4. Find the EDC setting that gives you the best mix of speed and cool running. More power isn’t always better, and less isn’t always worse.
  5. Adjust the TDC: TDC doesn’t usually affect things as much as EDC. You can set it a bit lower than EDC or just let the system figure it out.What is the best TDC value for PBO

Now your CPU should be running at its best, all tuned up and ready to go.

Here’s how I set up my amazing Ryzen 7 5700X, starting with Curve Optimization, then Boost Override, and finishing with power limits.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700x Best PBO and Curve Optimizer Settings

Read next: How to Disable CPU Throttling (Settings) in Windows 11

Final words

Nice job! If you’ve followed everything step by step, you’ve now got your AMD Ryzen 5000 or 7000 series processor running at its best with Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2). You’ve learned to fine-tune the Curve Optimizer, max out your Boost Clock Override, and set the power limits just right.

But keep in mind, these settings might not always be super stable. Just use your computer as usual and see how it does. If you run into any hiccups, it’s no big deal. Just revisit the steps and adjust things a bit, maybe dial back the boost or tweak the power settings. If everything’s smooth for about a week, you’re good to go.

Also, don’t forget to watch your temperatures. Keep them below 85-90°C. Clean your cooling setup regularly, whether it’s a simple fan, an AIO, or a fancy custom water loop. This helps keep your CPU cool and happy, ensuring it keeps running fast and smooth.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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