How do you overclock RAM?


Quick Answer

Overclock RAM by accessing the BIOS and changing the RAM's timing, memory speed and voltage to its rated values. Find the rated values pertaining to the specific model of the RAM, and input those values into the BIOS to overclock it.

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  1. Find the rated values of memory speed, timing and voltage

    If the specific model of the RAM is known, then search the manufacturer's website to obtain the rated values of memory speed, timings and voltage. If not, take the RAM out of the motherboard, and check its label to find these values. Write down all three rated values.

  2. Access BIOS settings for the RAM

    Different motherboards are assigned with different keys that grant access to BIOS. Restart the computer, and when the boot screen appears, look for the button that grants this access. Press the button repeatedly until the BIOS menu opens. If unsuccessful at the first try, restart the computer and try again. Once the BIOS settings appear, find the overclock settings, and then find the settings for the memory within the overclocking settings. Once again, keep in mind that different motherboards use different wordings.

  3. Overclock the RAM

    In the memory settings, select DRAM Timing Mode, and then select Advanced DRAM Configuration, keeping in mind that the actual wordings might be different. Manually input the rated timing of the RAM. Go back to the memory settings screen, and select DRAM Voltage. Change the value to the rated voltage value. Go back to the memory settings once again, and select DRAM Frequency. Change the speed to the rated speed value.

  4. Save the settings and reboot

    Once all three values are manually input, look on the screen, and find the button that gives the Save & Exit command. Press the button to save the settings, and reboot the computer.

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