Free “Project Hydra” overclocking tool for Ryzen 5000 is now available for download

The Project Hydra overclocking program is now available for download via Igor’s Lab. Yuri Bubliy (@1usmus), creator of the Ryzen DRAM calculator and ClockTuner overclocking software for Ryzen, designed Project Hydra to squeeze the maximum performance out of AMD’s Zen 3 processors. This is accomplished through custom profiles, extensive customization of core voltages, core frequencies, and more, which you can now download for free.

The project began earlier this year to provide Ryzen 5000 series owners with a tool that gives them unprecedented control over Ryzen’s core and voltage boost behavior. The tool effectively replaces AMD’s boost algorithm built into Ryzen 5000 processors. The new profile can then be modified and adjusted as needed to deliver higher core frequencies and/or lower CPU voltages based on your needs.

This profile provides the processor with multiple voltage and clock speed profiles designed for any workload, whether single-threaded, multi-threaded, idle, or AVX. You can also add other profiles and modify them, if necessary.

Project Hydra is also designed to be as safe as possible to use, with recommended voltages similar to AMD’s default voltages used on its Ryzen processors. 1usmus notes that the Ryzen 5000’s surge isn’t optimal, as nearly all of its overclocking headroom is achieved with default settings.

Basically, you can think of Project Hydra as an auto-modifiable overclocking program that replaces your Ryzen 5000 CPU’s boosting algorithm with an adjustable framework.

Currently, there are two versions of Project Hydra – one is freeware and the other is a paid version with more features. The Pro version adds additional features such as automatic verification updates, manual FFT and VID manipulation for Core CO and CCD tests, and more. However, 1usmus says that about half of Ryzen CPUs won’t get the Pro version, so buying the software isn’t absolutely necessary unless you know you can use the extra features.

We must warn that any tweaks that take a Ryzen CPU outside of its stock settings will void the warranty, including if you’re using AMD’s own Ryzen Master overclocking software. As such, proceed with caution and at your own risk when using any type of software that alters these settings.

Project Hydra has many more features than covered here. For more details, head over to Igor’s Lab’s post here, where he and 1usmus explain in depth the capabilities of the overclocking software.

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