AMD OverDrive is a free, easy-to-use overclocking utility for AMD's accelerated processing units (APUs) and CPUs. It boosts performance by allowing you to raise your APU or CPU's frequency and vCore voltage, adjust fan speeds, and set PowerTune options.


Brand-name utility for overclocking, monitoring, and stress-testing AMD platform hardware components in Windows environment. The utility allows changing in real-time bus frequencies, multipliers of separate processor cores, processor voltage, memory, north and south bridges, memory delays, as well as to monitor frequencies, voltages, and temperatures. There is a built-in test to evaluate performance and check the stability of the system.
OverDrive Features & Highlights


Launch all relevant applications with a custom priority scheme via program shortcut icons. This helps overclock (to minimize system degradation during tinkering), testing (for uninterrupted taping), or monitoring (allowing quick access to utilities). Advanced fan speeds control that will allow you to precisely configure the minimum and maximum rotation speed of all your cooling fans - including those on radiators. This can be very useful when you create a quiet PC, where every electrical motor produces additional noise. Visual monitoring of important computer parameters like temperature, pressure, voltage, or CPU load; possibility to use the on-screen warning popups showing over/under voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds; automatic fan speed management - the utility will try to always keep your fans at the quietest possible speed; automatic and manual control of system and processor voltage, frequency and fan speeds.


Please note: This overclocking utility has been created exclusively for use with microprocessors, chipsets, and graphics cards manufactured by AMD Company. Any attempt to use it on hardware components developed by other producers will cause serious damage to the components' functionality!

Where Can I Download AMD OverDrive?

AMD OverDrive can be downloaded from amd.com. You'll need an account at the site before you can download the software, but it's well worth signing up – there are plenty of useful drivers, manuals, and utilities available. In addition, if you already own a supported product such as the Radeon HD 7900-series graphics card or one of its many derivatives, you'll receive a coupon code that allows you to claim a free copy of the OverDrive software.
Do note that while AMD OverDrive is officially available for Windows XP SP3, Vista, and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), it does not work with Windows 8 RTM. Support for this operating system will be added in future builds.


Is AMD OverDrive Safe To Use?


AMD has designed it to ensure your hardware operates within safe limits at all times, but there are always risks when overclocking, despite using dedicated utilities like this one. So be aware of what you're doing before proceeding. If anything goes wrong, you should probably know how to access BIOS Setup or reinstall your operating system! Also, don't forget that overclocking might reduce the lifespan of your hardware or even damage it completely.


The utility does not work with AMD 780V, AMD 760G, AMD 740G chipsets, as well as with earlier versions of the chipsets, such as 690G and others. Thus, supported and overdrive processors belong to socket generations AM3 and AM3+, as well as partially AM2+ and FM1/2. If your motherboard chipset is not on that list, it is not possible to use the software for technical reasons. Further, it is recommended to perform some easy BIOS adjustments by disabling some features:

 

  • Cool'n'Quiet - if the overclocking power will be close to 4000 MHz;
  • C1E (may be called Enhanced Halt State);
  • Spread Spectrum;
  • Smart CPU Fan Control.


All of the listed parameters are set to Disable. Some of these functions may prevent AMD OverDrive from "seeing" the processor or prevent it from overclocking at all. It's worth mentioning that you should perform all actions described above with careful consideration. Only complete confidence in your actions will allow avoiding fatal consequences.


Conclusion


In conclusion, we can say that the AMD OverDrive utility allows overclocking a computer even for users who have little idea about its work and device. The main thing is the accuracy of all actions.

 

A minor disadvantage of the program was the fact that after rebooting the system all the settings were "lost" and you had to do everything all over again. However, the latest versions of AMD developers have solved this problem. Now you can create user profiles. Now, after rebooting the system and starting the program, you can restore all the settings in a couple of clicks.