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How to increase RAM speed with x58 motherboard

Hi, I just recently installed a set of HyperX 12GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Triple Channel RAM on my x58 motherboard. Upon checking the speeds the 3 sticks were running at, I saw they were running at 1033 instead of 1600. How do I go about changing the speeds to match as advertised?
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  1. TravKeno said:
    Hi, I just recently installed a set of HyperX 12GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Triple Channel RAM on my x58 motherboard. Upon checking the speeds the 3 sticks were running at, I saw they were running at 1033 instead of 1600. How do I go about changing the speeds to match as advertised?


    Set the memory profiles to XMP in the BIOS, that should make them runn at the rated speeds. Alternatively, you can manually set it in the CPU Frenquency\DRAM frequency area of your BIOS.
  2. on x58, anything above 1033 requires an OC.

    Most likely, you Kingston rams have XMP profiles.

    In order to get the 1600mhz speeds, you would need to go into the bios, and under your ram settings, set your XMP profile to 1600mhz
  3. Best answer
    Yes you simply set the XMP to your sticks specs, you aren't OCing them that is there spec, your mobo simply defaults to 1066 or 1333, might check that you have the latest BIOS
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