Overclocking Corsair Memory on Skylake

By Henry Ho, on 2016/03/18

Overclocking can be quite intimidating, but not anymore!

By now, most of you have heard of or attempted to overclock your memory before.  I want to start off by saying that this is not a blog that will make you a champion overclocker, but rather show you how easy it can be with Corsair’s X.M.P. Certified memory kits.

To start from the very beginning, X.M.P. (extreme memory profile) allows you to overclock the memory to perform beyond JEDEC standards of 2133mhz for DDR4 memory. It is basically a predefined profile that is loaded into your BIOS. Some motherboards will have one or more profiles, while another may not have that capability of X.M.P., so you will need to refer to your motherboard’s manual.

Now let’s imagine this…You just bought an unlocked processor and a decent motherboard with overclocking capability.  You know that you want a high speed memory, but you don’t know where to even begin with so many memory kit manufacturers out there. Well you certainly heard of us before, that’s why you are here. To assure you that you came to the right place, Corsair has one of the most, if not the most, X.M.P. Certified list of memory kits for your overclocking needs. To be fair, it is not easy to be on this list. It has to pass an extensive and vigorous test scenario that can take weeks to be on the qualified list. To list a few:

  1. CMK16GX4M2B3200C16
  2. CMK32GX4M2A2800C16
  3. CMD64GX4M4B3000C15

Hopefully you have decided on which memory kit proceed with and you are now ready for some overclocking! If you are still deciding, I would suggest you getting memory speed of 3000mhz. Since 2133mhz is the JEDEC standard, you want something that is at least a few steps above it.

Hardware used:

  1. ASUS Z170-Deluxe
  2. CMK16GX4M2B3200C16
  3. Intel I7 -6700k
  4. RM750x

Let’s get right down to it, shall we?

  1. Assuming you have your memory installed and ready to roll, Load into BIOS ( make sure you have the latest BIOS)
  2. Enable XMP and select the memory speed you would like to run(depending on the speed you are trying to achieve)
  3. Make sure you save the settings by hitting F10 or it will not be saved.
  4. Once your windows loads, you will want to confirm that the overclock setting you have chosen still applies. We suggest using CPUID to verify your overclock settings
  5. Now that you have confirmed your settings, you will want to make sure that your system is stable with these settings. We ran AIDA64’s stability test for 20 hours without any hiccups, so it’s safe to say that the overclock is stable.
As I have stated before, overclocking is not as difficult as it used to be. With our X.M.P. Certified memory kits, it is just as easy as flipping a switch. Regardless if you are upgrading the memory kit from your current rig or thinking about doing a new build, Corsair has the speed you need!


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