What is an XMP Profile and why are they used?
XMP or (Extreme Memory Profiles), is a technology that allows you to change memory settings by selecting a different profile, which should take advantage of higher than standard memory speeds. Pretty much, XMP is the "easy button" of RAM overclocking, as manual RAM overclocking is usually quite unnecessary and a massive headache!
XMP Profiles allow you to run your high performance RAM, (above industry DDR specs) at the speeds that they are guaranteed to run at when you purchase them. (G.Skill 2x8GB 3200mhz) for example. By default, your ram will usually run at 2400mhz if an XMP profile is not enabled. When enabling the XMP profile, you should be able to run your RAM at the advertised speed of 3200mhz.
Our Warranty and XMP
Our BLD warranty does not cover any type of XMP or RAM overclocking. Why you might ask? Technically XMP, no matter how risk less it might seem, is still a form of overclocking, just done automatically (through enabling the XMP Profile in your motherboard BIOS). There is always a risk to overclocking. Usually when overclocking, you will be raising the voltage that your specific piece of hardware runs at. Whenever the amount of voltage sent through a device is higher than stock voltage, there is a risk with hardware failure and higher temperatures.
How do I enable XMP for my memory?
Luckily, enabling an XMP profile is very simple and can be done in literally 2 minutes. Keep in mind, if you do decide to enable an XMP Profile and any damage is caused by this, it will completely VOID your BLD warranty.
For this example, we will be looking at enabling XMP through the MSI Click BIOS 5.
First, turn on your PC. From the second you turn on the PC, spam the "delete" key while the system is booting to enter the BIOS. After that, you should see something like this.
From there, you will want to click the "Memory" button on the left hand side of the screen.
This should bring you to a screen that looks like like this. From there, you can click the XMP button on the top and toggle it from "off" to on".
Once that is done, you can hit F10 on your keyboard and select save changes & exit.
From there, you can confirm that your RAM is running at the proper speed by re-entering the BIOS by hitting the "delete" key on start up and checking your DDR speed. If you'd like to double check that your memory is running at the correct speed, you can use our CAM software that's been pre-installed on your BLD PC.
As you can see here, the default RAM speed is 1066mhz, and after with the XMP profile enabled the current clock speed is 1597mhz. (Keep in mind RAM is double date rate, your actual clock speed if your current clock speed is 1597mhz is 3194mhz).
Viola! You've just enabled an XMP profile on your RAM and your RAM is currently running at it's advertised speeds.