How to overclock RAM?

Hey there,

Basically I was wondering if anyone could give me a step by step guide for overclocking my RAM? This including any software that I need, pre-overclock steps I need to take, how to check if the OC is stable and will work in the future and so on.

Here is my current set up: (Not sure if you can embedd images on here or how to do it).

I currently have 2x4GB Corsair DDR3 XMS3 @1333Mhz. To which I am going to buy another 2x4GB set, because I do video editing for my YouTube gameplays so rendering it takes quite a bit of RAM from my system.

I was wondering if I could maybe bump that up to 1600Mhz? Or even slightly below that maybe? I'm not 100% sure how it works but I am pretty literate when it comes to computers. I have searched multiple websites on how to do it but I do not trust any of them to be a decent way to do it, since most of the guides assume you already know about overclocking. 

I know that you have to change some settings in the BIOS, but I don't want to fiddle with them incase I change one number to be too high or low, hence why I am asking for your help.

I would greatly appreciate it.


TLDR version: get faster ram your board supports up to 2133.

Do a little research on your board first find out what works well for parts and things and what others are doing. You have an unlocked cpu so use your multiplier with your cpu and that will OC your ram as well.

The ram is not what is slowing your video encoding the most. Even on a ssd your going slower than ram. Even value ram is faster than what the data gets read and wrote to.


But if I wanted to get RAM that was 1600 or even 2133 then my current RAM would need to be completely replaced wouldn't it? Because I don't think you could have one set of 2x4GB sticks @ 1333Mhz and another set of 2x4GB sticks @1600 or 2133Mbz right?

Right. That ram even if it were a-ok would be at the lower speed for compatibility. It kinda sucks your looking at ram now. The prices of it are going up. Not sure if you guys in the UK are isolated in terms of that but they made too much laptop and tablet memory and the demand went up for desktop but not the supply.

You should be able to push it up to 1600mhz, but I doubt you can squeeze much more out of it.

Note that a higher cpu overclock will limit your RAM overclock ability

Some useful programs to use when playing around with RAM.

Just out of curiousity, does anyone know if you can oc 1600mhz to 2133mhz? That would save me a fortune on a build I'm doing

I bumped my set up to 2000mhz. You might be able to do that with an fsb overclock. Hard to say with overclocks, too many variables, and nothing is a guarentee.