Overclocking Education

Overclocking involves adjusting the standard specifications of memory modules, CPUs and GPUs to increase and improve performance. For example, raising the clock speed and lowering the latency (wait states) of industry-standard values (JEDEC) on RAM can significantly impact PC applications. Kingston FURY memory modules feature two simple approaches to overclocking memory: Plug N Play for novices and Extreme Memory Profiles for experts.

For PC enthusiasts (formerly known as hobbyists), overclocking is an art form and its own subculture. The most intense overclockers will go to extreme lengths, such as cooling their components in liquid nitrogen to compete for world records. However, not everyone who wants a powerful gaming rig needs to be an artist to extract better performance from their hardware. In the mid-2000s, Intel, AMD and NVidia devised methods that would allow for simple overclocking of memory through profiles programmed onto the DIMM. These profiles defined clock speed, voltage and latencies. An ecosystem of checks and balances developed between the chipset/processor makers, the motherboard manufacturers and the memory companies, and this provided a stable landscape. As a result, it’s never been easier for enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike to push the performance of their memory modules.

Kingston’s overclocking records

Kingston’s overclocking records

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Memory read in MB/s (higher is better)

Performance profile
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4

Memory read 39248 MB/s
Speed Latency Voltage
2666 MHz 13-15-15 1.35V

Plug-N-Play (PnP)
Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 / Kingston FURY Impact DDR4

Memory read 38032 MB/s
Speed Latency Voltage
2666 MHz 16-18-18 1.2V

Industry standard (JEDEC)
Kingston DDR4 Memory

Memory read 37463 MB/s
Speed Latency Voltage
2666 MHz 19-19-19 1.2V
Plug N Play

Plug N Play

Kingston FURY Plug N Play is a memory overclocking concept pioneered by Kingston. Featured on the FURY and Impact memory product lines, Kingston FURY Plug N Play is auto-overclocked memory, with presets that are configured by our engineers at the factory.

There’s no need to change settings and timings manually. You don’t even need to select a profile. Since the profiles work at standard voltage, you can simply plug them in and they’re ready to go. Plug N Play is ideal if you have a system that doesn't allow for memory adjustments in the BIOS, or if you want an easy solution to get better performance from your memory. In most systems, Kingston FURY Plug N Play will auto-overclock itself up to the maximum speed allowed by the BIOS.

Intel XMP

Intel XMP


Intel

Intel’s approach to memory overclocking is called XMP (Extreme Memory Profile). XMP uses preset overclock settings programmed into the DIMMs at the factory. Each DIMM comes with two overclocking profiles: one aggressive and the other slightly less aggressive. They have the default JEDEC values (industry standard speed, timings and voltage). This is Intel’s solution to safe and guaranteed memory overclocking on Intel platforms. XMP profiles can be enabled within the BIOS, or through Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU), which is available for download on the company website.

There are two classifications of Intel XMP: Certified and Ready. Intel XMP Certified means that the DIMMs have been verified to work by Intel on specific models of motherboards. These results are compiled and posted on Intel’s XMP website. Intel XMP Ready means that the DIMMs come with XMP profiles and have been tested at the memory manufacturer at the advertised speeds; however, they have not been submitted to Intel.

Memory read in MB/s (higher is better)

Performance profile
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4

Memory read 50004 MB/s
Speed Latency Voltage
3600 MHz 17-18-18 1.35V

Performance profile
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4

Memory read 42411 MB/s
Speed Latency Voltage
3000 MHz 15-17-17 1.35V

Industry standard (JEDEC)
Kingston DDR4 Memory

Memory read 37463 MB/s
Speed Latency Voltage
2666 MHz 19-19-19 1.2V

Overclocking pushes the stable industry standard specifications of memory (speed, latencies, voltage) to achieve higher performance. While generally safe and supported by Intel, AMD and the motherboard/system manufacturers, overclocking is done at your own risk. System stability may be compromised by some speeds and configurations. The FURY parts listed are based on motherboard manufacturer testing (QVLs) and Kingston internal testing. However, some systems may require premium components (high-end processor models, motherboards, power supplies and water cooling) to achieve stable overclocking, particularly at extreme speeds.

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