BIOS Overclocking (The How-To) cont’d
Advanced > Advanced Voltage Control Page (Courtesy ASUS)
For the most part, you normally won’t have to tweak any of these settings when overclocking. I would recommend leaving them at their default settings (including CPU Vcore Offset Voltage, which will increase the VCore Offset an additional +0.2V beyond what you’ve set for CPU Voltage earlier). Let’s return to the Advanced BIOS options screen…
Advanced BIOS Screen (Courtesy ASUS)
The next place to check for settings related to CPU overclocking is the CPU Configuration page, let’s take a look at what we have there…
Advanced > CPU Configuration Page (Courtesy ASUS)
Before we jump into the DRAM Configuration page, let me quickly cover the other options we see here. SLI Ready Memory should only be Enabled if you’ve purchased SLI Ready Memory (they will be clearly labeled as such) that have specially programmed SPDs that include performance optimizations when paired with nVidia-based motherboards. If the packaging for your RAM did not openly state SLI Ready, chances are you’re going to want to leave this setting at its default “Disabled” value.
As far as AMD Live! is concerned, you’ll need to see if you meet the hardware and software requirements necessary to take advantage of this multimedia initiative. You can find out more about the standard, including hardware requirements here. Note that this setting has no bearing on overclocking either way so don’t worry if you don’t meet the requirements of AMD Live!
Though I had set out to only cover the vital aspects of CPU overclocking, the fact is that changing the CPU Frequency on the motherboard directly affects the Memory Clock Frequency. Rather than skipping over RAM considerations altogether I will briefly cover several nuances of RAM overclocking as they relate to CPU overclocking. If you would like more in-depth information on RAM overclocking specifically, I would suggest visiting OCZ Technology or Corsair’s support forums.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at that DRAM Configuration Page…