How do I know if my CPU is already overclocked?

Find the CPU frequency and the multiplier, multiply them, and compare the result to the stock clock speed. If the result is higher, your CPU is overclocked. If not, then the CPU is still in its stock configuration.

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    How do I find out my CPU clock speed?

    If you're wondering how to check your clock speed, click the Start menu (or click the Windows* key) and type System Information. Your CPU's model name and clock speed will be listed under Processor

    How do I know if my Intel CPU is overclockable?

    Simply put, if the name of your CPU model ends in the letter K, you can overclock it. For example, the Intel Core i7 11700K or the Intel Core i5 10600K are overclockable. Also, the Intel Pentium G3258 CPU is overclockable, as well.

    How do I know if my BIOS is overclocked?

    Find the Adjust CPU Ratio option, which represents the CPU frequency multiplier function. Highlight the option's Auto setting, and then press Enter to bring up a list of alternate settings. Choose a number higher than the existing setting. Press Return.

    Is overclocking CPU permanent?

    You can permanently damage your CPU if your computer isn't properly cooled, or if your overclock is too severe though this is unlikely. The most common impact of excess overclocking is an unstable system.