For many PC enthusiasts, overclocking means a lot of fun, both in terms of process and the end result. To a large degree overclocking is a lottery that is never guaranteed, and when it comes to AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000 processors, getting a CPU with high overclocking potential is not easy at the moment. This has left an opening in the market for retailers who are selling pre-binned chips with guaranteed overclocking potential.

There are several stores that sell pre-binned CPUs and other components: Silicon Lottery from Texas, USA; Caseking from Germany; and Overclockers UK. Silicon Lottery was the first company to start offering pre-binned AMD Ryzen 3900X processors last month and by now their entire first batch has been sold. Meanwhile, this week Caseking began to sell AMD’s latest CPUs with a guaranteed overclocking potential.

The list of pre-binned AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series processors to be available from Caseking includes Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 7 3700X, and Ryzen 5 3600, but at present only the model 3700X is available. All the CPUs are pretested by Roman "der8auer" Hartung, a well-known overclocker, using Prime95 26.6 software with an FFT length of 1344 for at least one hour with AMD’s Wraith Prism cooler. Meanwhile, voltage of the chips is kept under 1.4 V.

Pre-Binned AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs by
Default Clocks
Guaranteed OC (base) L3 TDP
Ryzen 9 3900X 12/24 3.8/4.6 GHz 4.3 GHz 64 MB 105 W €619
4.25 GHz €599
4.2 GHz €579
Ryzen 7 3700X 8/16 3.6/4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 32 MB 65 W €449
4.25 GHz €429
4.20 GHz €399
Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 3.6/4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz 32 MB 65 W €300
4.25 GHz €280
4.2 GHz €260

Pre-binned processors from Caseking cost €50 – €100 more than regular models, so overclocking in this case is not a ‘free’ performance upgrade. Furthermore, buyers in Germany have to pay VAT of 19%. The good news, however, is that as per European laws, the CPUs are backed with a two-year warranty.

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Sources: Hardwareluxx, Caseking, Tom’s Hardware

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  • leexgx - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    Normal All core boost is around 4-4.1ghz ,so extra 200mhz sometimes just does not seem worth it (some have got 4.5-4.6ghz all core boost )
  • RSAUser - Saturday, August 17, 2019 - link

    As Ieexgx said, normal is 4.05GHz all-core at the least, of the 3 friends who have it, they all state a 4.05-4.1GHz minimum.
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

  • igordii - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - link

    how to i have software tested on this system
  • yannigr2 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    AMD's auto overclocking on the processors, makes this questionable, if we also consider that Ryzen CPUs don't overclock much more than that. For anyone not looking to break records, it is probably more logical to invest that extra money on a really good cooling system.
  • ceisserer - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    so when you buy a regular (non-binned) CPU from those retailers, you get the gutter parts that didn't do the higher frequencies.
  • hbsource - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    If it's non-binned then it's a lottery. By definition it's been binned if it's been tested to see what speeds it hits. Regardless of which bin it ends up in.
  • sa666666 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    It's a lottery where you now know that the chances of getting the best chip are no longer possible. IOW, their 'lottery' will be a lot worse than buying from someone who doesn't bin, since at least in the latter case there's a _chance_ to get one of the best CPUs. There's no chance in the former case, since they already been removed from selection.
  • hbsource - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    You're wrong too. But nevermind.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - link

    How is that wrong? Reseller A and Reseller B each buy 100 chips. A sells all chips as marked by AMD. B sells binned chips. B will sort through its purchase and sell the cherry pick the best out of the 100, then sell the rest as marked by AMD. If you buy an unbinned CPU from reseller B, then you will are far less likely to get a "good" CPU as they have been harvested out of the supply. Whereas buying from Reseller A will give you a higher chance of getting a "good" processor since A does not spend the time to harvest the best of their order and sell it as such.

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