I'm very inexperienced when it comes to messing with the clocks of computers. I know virtually nothing regarding settings, dangers, or advantages. I checked out this post
and it had a bunch of useful info, except that I have the i7 990x, which is missing from that post. If I want to get the most out of my processor, what OC settings should I use, and should I be tweaking these settings using the start up menu?
As I said before, I know very little when it comes to overclocking. I can figure stuff out, but I don't have a foothold yet. Any and all advice is welcome. Thanks in advance for your help!
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OC takes place in the Bios. Memory guide here: Alienware Desktop Memory Specifications > 990x wasn't offered, Aurora & A51 are similar, so you might browse around & see what others have suggested: overclocking 980x >< overclocking 960 >< overclocking 920 ... a similar search would be 'overclocking'. The simplest way is to enter Bios & select OC Level 1 2 or 3* etc (*when available); these are apparently built-in pre-set values. Below find a copy/paste of a page that used to exist, published by Dell Knowledge Base. 990x is $300+ used, take care of yours.
Overclocking on the Alienware Aurora and Area 51 - KB Article - 359781
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|Article Summary:||This article contains information on how to restore the factory default overclock settings on the Alienware Area 51 and Aurora computers.|
|Solution 1:||Overclocking the Area-51 and Aurora Automatically|
|On the Alienware Aurora, only Load Level 1 OC setting is available. On the Alienware Area-51, Levels 1 through 3 are available.|
|Solution 2:||Overclocking the Area-51 and Aurora Manually|
|Alienware Aurora or Area 51 computers shipped with a processor other than the Intel Core i7 920 D0 and i7-975 XE are not factory overclocked.|
|For the Alienware Aurora, reference only Table 1. For the Alienware Area-51, whether Table 1, 2 or 3 are used, ensure the same table is used for all of the manual overclocking steps.|
|Core 1, 2, 3, and 4 Turbo Ratio Limit||27|
|Core 1, 2, 3, and 4 Turbo Ratio Limit||28|
|Core 1, 2, 3, and 4 Turbo Ratio Limit||Core 1: 30|
|Core 2, 3, and 4: 29|
|Intel (R) Turbo Mode Tech||Disabled|
|Adjust CPU BLCK||160 MHz|
1333 MHz Memory: 8
1600 MHz Memory: 10
|Dynamic CPU VCore Offset||+20mv|