Yuri Bubliy aka 1usmus is now taking a completely different approach with Project Hydra than he did with the former CTR (Clock Tuner for Ryzen), although the focus and goal of both programs are the same: an OC sandbox for optimizing current Ryzen processors from AMD that are based on Zen3. For Project Hydra, Yuri took the well-meant advice and started from scratch, which was visibly good for the new program, because all compromises, such as the attachment to the chipset drivers or the Ryzen Master, were completely shelved and everything was reprogrammed independently or separately.
Yuri also started a Patreon project at the same time to compensate the effort at least to some extent and to collect and evaluate first feedback there. This is also why I waited until today to host the first released installation on igor’sLAB again and also to support it. The old CTR will be not continued and deleted completely, the old links will lead here to this page and Project Hydra will be offered here as freeware for free download within our community exclusively and as a better replacement for the CTR.
The differences between the freeware version offered here and what is also offered furthermore on Patreon as PROJECT HYDRA PRO are not so big, but it is of course free to everyone to become either also a supporter after a successful test, or to be able to test and also use the software furthermore free of charge with only few cutbacks. What makes all this different from each other, you can see here (on page 2 you can also find the roadmap):HYDRA_10D_Comparison
What’s new? Project Hydra is and can do much more
If and how much you gain at all by overclocking your Zen3 CPU is of course primarily dependent on the quality of the respective CPU. So miracles will certainly not necessarily be expected in the broad masses. However, it has been shown that the presets changed with HYDRA have often resulted in the respective CPU running much more economically and thus naturally cooler. That alone is worth a try and if, depending on the silicon, you get a little more clock for free, all the better.
We will of course evaluate the feedback of the readers together with Yuri within the framework of the community and provide corresponding tutorials if necessary, which can depict the flow of the development much better than a static PDF as a general instruction will ever be able to. The variations due to the different hardware are far too great for that. In this connection I refer of course also to our forum, where also gladly multilingual discussions may and should be.
This first overview shows what HYDRA actually offers. You will find the introduction and explanation on the next page.HYDRA_10D_Intro
The requirements and also the handling have now become much easier. The following list shows what is required and must be preset and what is not:
- Requires: Zen 3 CPU like Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 7 5700G, Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 5 5600G
- Stable, overclocked (or XMP) DRAM.
- PBO settings – no matter. Disabled (Auto) Curve Optimizer (in UEFI).
- Recommended values for Manual CPU LLC (Load Line Calibration). ASUS – 3, MSI – 4, ASRock – 2, GIGABYTE – High.
- CPU Voltage – Auto (in BIOS). Offset is forbidden.
- Windows 10 build 2004 or newer. Windows 11 fully supported
- Chipset drivers or Ryzen Master – Not required
- Actual GPU drivers
- Power plan – Balanced (recommended)