AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review & Overclocking to 4.5 GHz

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AMD X4 880K Overclocking

Overclocking the AMD 880K can be done two different ways, either through the motherboard’s BIOS or using AMD Overdrive.  By default, the CPU Clock Ratio is set to 40 and CPU Clock Control at 100, giving the CPU it’s 4.0GHz default speed.  To overclock, we adjusted the CPU Clock Ration by 1 until we were no longer able to boot into Windows.  Then we stepped it back down one, and begin stability testing.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K – Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3HP Overclocking

We were able to boot successfully at 4.5GHz, while 4.6GHz we would lock up the system, requiring us to do a BIOS reset.  Testing at 4.5GHz, the system was fully stable, allowing us to perform stability testing and some benchmarks to see if there was any improvement.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K AMD Overdrive

AMD’s Overdrive is a great piece of software for both the novice and enthusiast wanting to get the most out of their system.  It includes an Auto-Tune option, where it will test your system looking for the optimal settings.  In addition, you can set them manually, and use their Stability test to run an hour long test on the processor.  Finally, AMD has their own little benchmark within Overdrive to evaluate how your system tuning affects performance.

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPUz Overclock

3DMark TimeSpy

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K 3DMark TimeSpy Overclocked

PCMark 8 Home Advanced

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K PCMark 8 Home Advanced Overclocked

CodeMasters: Dirt Rally

AMD Athlon X4 880K

AMD Athlon X4 880K Dirt Rally Overclocked


Legit Reviews Overlocking Results:  While we were only able to boost the CPU base clock speed from 4.0GHz to 4.5GHz, in reality it took it from running at 4.2GHz with Turbo to 4.5GHz.  Not a huge overclock, but gives either a 7% or 12.5% boost in clock speed.   Taking a look at the benchmarks, we saw a small increase in performance of between 3% to 5%.

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  • William Gozali

    I run an 880k with stock fan (Non Overclocked) and my idle temp I got range between 50 to 60 celcius. and when I load game such as Ark Survival Evolved, the temp would rise to 75 – 80 celcius and constantly stays there. After a while, the game would quit back to desktop. Anyone know why I am getting such high reading for my temperature?

    • andrewi

      Airflow. Almost certainly airflow. If your CPU overheats mid game and over 20mins has passed, this means your case is gradually warming up to the point that the air going through the coolers themselves is warm and thus not great at taking away heat. You need to look at your case, wiring and case fans etc etc and get some cool air moving in.

    • jrglol

      i have an 880k i ran it at 4.5 ghz with no problems, but i think the temp readings are inaccurate because i use biostar a88mq mobo which has a temp monitor, i played gta v for about 2 hours then i forced restart the sys, go into the bios and it was reading around 47 celcius. i put my hand aroung the exhuast fan and it warm NOT HOT.

  • Bob

    what was your voltage

  • Max nordin

    I have an 880k clocked at 4,5 and i am never getting over 40 fps and average is below 30fps in GTA v at any resuloution. This is paired with a MSI 960 4gb which would not bottle neck this CPU at all! Is something wrong? I have 8 gig dddr3 ram, stock cooler (running very cool) and a 450w PSU. And yes my GPU is not disabled!

    • andrewi

      Something is very wrong, but it’s not necessarily the CPU. Maybe drivers. I can get 30fps on a 560ti with this chip, and that’s definitely a GPU bottleneck. Look at a bigger PSU as you may be limited there. Remember that 450w is how much it takes from the wall, not how much it gives to your parts so when you buy a $20 450W unit, it can be up to 50% efficient, giving only 200W to your computer and giving you what looks like major gremlins.

  • >savt

    question; why not include an i3 in the comparison for this review?

    • Steven Kean

      I didn’t have one on hand to test 🙁 Wish I could get all the processors needed to cover all the bases. I am looking forward to Intel’s Kaby Lake i3 Overclocking processor though…hope to have one.

      • andrewi

        Guess you need to do a Ryzen 3 one instead with all the news.