Building a high-end desktop with up to sixty-four processor cores might seem sufficient, but plenty of buyers are already overclocking the AMD Threadripper 7000 series of CPUs. However, be aware that AMD confirmed the series includes a hardware fuse that will trip if you overclock it, using AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive system or other methods. AMD technicians will be able to tell if the processor was overclocked by at least one user if the chip is ever sent in for servicing. This is similar to “warranty void if removed” stickers on electronics and appliances.
AMD clarified that simply overclocking a Threadripper won’t automatically void the warranty on its own. There was some confusion after additional scary warnings were placed in motherboard BIOS messages, contradicting the official AMD stance. The warranty on the motherboard itself is another issue entirely. Enthusiasts looking to push their super-powered CPUs (with prices ranging from $1500 to $5000 for the top-of-the-line 7980X) will be happy to hear it. Keep in mind that the overclocking policy is in place specifically for Threadripper chips sold directly to customers for system-building — if you get your hands on a WRX90 or TRX50 designed for OEMs, those don’t officially support user overclocking.