Have you recently assembled your computer but did you immediately notice that the RAM memory was spinning at a totally different frequency, compared to that reported by the manufacturer?
RAM Memory | How To Increase Its Performance From The BIOS
If this is the case for you, you are surely thinking that there is an internal problem with your computer, or that your RAM memory is faulty but rest assured, everything works perfectly! In the following paragraphs, I will explain the cause and how to increase performance in all simplicity.
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The RAM Frequency Is Different. Here Is The Reason:
Before purchasing any component, you must carefully read the technical specifications. Visiting the official site of RAM memories we immediately realize that the manufacturer declares two types of frequencies.
- SPD Speed (Serial Presence Detect) and is equal to 2133 MHz. This is the default base speed, ie the frequency that will be set as soon as the RAM is installed on the motherboard.
- Tested Speed, is the speed tested by the developers, and is equal for example to 3200MHz. It depends on the memory purchased. This frequency declared by the manufacturer of the RAM memories is the maximum, which is obtained by activating the automatic overclocking profiles set by the factory inside the memory.
Increase The Performance Of The RAM MEMORY – Introduction
If you intend to increase the performance of the RAM memory you must first of all check the technical specifications. It is therefore necessary to go to the official website and check which profile is compatible with the RAM memories. (XMP profile)
The XMP profiles allow you to overclock, in a completely automatic way, the RAM modules, reaching the maximum frequency tested by the various manufacturers.
If you can’t find this value, I suggest you download CPU-Z, a totally free software that collects information on some of the main devices of the system.
Once installed, just start it and go to the SPD category. Locate the SPD Ext entry and there you will find the compatible profile next to it. In my case XMP 2.0.
Are you curious to know at what frequency the ram memory installed on your PC runs? If so, just start CPU-Z, click on the “memory” category and identify the ” DRAM Frequency ” item.
The value present there must be multiplied by 2. Now you have finally identified the current frequency of your RAM memory. (In my case 2144 MHz).
How To Increase The Performance Of The RAM Memory
- Once you have found the XMP profile, restart your PC and enter the BIOS. (scroll down and find the procedure on how to enter it).
- Locate the XMP entry (in my case it’s in the Extreme Tweaker category).
- Select the XMP profile previously identified, select the installed RAM (it should already do this automatically).
- Press F10 to save the changes. Done! Operation complete.
- Open CPU-Z and check the RAM frequency. (Remember that the value must be multiplied by 2).