THERE ARE JUST a few per­for­mance op­tions left to tweak in the BIOS. One of these steps can be ig­nored, but if you are a per­fec­tion­ist, get­ting these last two things done will set your mind at ease, and en­sure ev­ery­thing is run­ning as it should be. Head back into the BIOS by smash­ing the Delete key on restart/startup. First, we’ll en­able the XMP (Ex­treme Mem­ory Pro­file) set­tings, a pre-set list of spec­i­fi­ca­tions that your mem­ory can and will run at, that are typ­i­cally higher than the JEDEC stan­dard. This means you can trans­fer more data to and from your mem­ory faster for bet­ter per­for­mance in mem­ory-in­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tions, such as ar­chiv­ing/zip­ping, and any pho­tog­ra­phy or edit­ing work you may do. For our Gi­ga­byte board, en­ter the “Ad­vanced Fre­quency Set­tings” op­tion in the main menu, then go down to the “Ex­treme Mem­ory Pro­file” menu, press En­ter, and choose “Pro­file 1.” This en­ables the cor­rect tim­ings and fre­quency for your mem­ory.

You might also want to take a look at fan curves while you’re here. You can con­trol these with in-desk­top apps, but we al­ways find that BIOS con­fig­u­ra­tion works best, and works from startup. For our mother­board, those set­tings are found at the bot­tom of the main BIOS menu. Have a tinker, and find a setup that works for you. That’s all there is to it. Then hit F10, save, and exit, and there you have it—one fully work­ing, ready-to-go sys­tem.

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