Power Saving Settings
Now, this next step wasn't really necessary on previous CPUs, but you should be maximizing Turbo current and wattage limits on this platform. These are typically found under advanced CPU features menus, and they are separate from your PWM controller's power limits. I would just type in an ungodly high amount and let the motherboard then just default to the highest it offers.
If you want your CPU to stay at maximum frequency at all times, you can disable C-state support and set your power plan to High Performance in Windows. If you want CPU frequency to drop when load drops then I wouldn't really touch C-states.
The easiest way to overclock memory is by enabling Intel's Extreme Memory Profile (XMP). It will take your kit to the level it's designed for and is pretty easy to stabilize. You can also manually set the DRAM multiplier and change between 1.00x and 1.33x reference clock multipliers to expand the granularity of memory speed settings (so memory speed can be set in 100MHZ and 133MHz increments; i.e. 2600MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz, 2933MHz. If you manually set the multiplier, you must also manually set DRAM timings and voltage, as XMP sets those for you.
Memory timings are a bit more difficult to conquer as there are so many of them, but you can mess around with the primary timings (like CAS latency). Some motherboards like ASUS's ROG boards also have built-in memory overclocking profiles made by their extreme overclockers. These primary timings are listed on your kit's sticker.
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