Hello, lovely community!
I was handed a system by a friend of mine from University, in hopes that I'd get the system running as it was intended to.
Here are the specs:
i7-5960x @ stock
Corsair H100i with bundled fans
Asus Rampage V Extreme w/BIOS v4101
G.Skill Trident Z 2x(2x8GB) kits, F4-3200C16D-16GTZB times two ofc
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
2x Seagate 3.5" Barracuda
Gigabyte GTX980Ti G1 Gaming
Corsair Air 540 w/ AIO mounted at the top for exhaust(push), front 140mm fans in intake and the rear 140mm fan as exhaust; so airflow seems to be covered.
Windows 10 Pro
Now, I went through as many guides as I could to come to the point where I tried overclocking the processor. I managed to get to OS GUI when I dialed in 1.3v with a multiplier of 45. Stability testing using Realbench 2.56 gave me temps of 91 Deg C, so I dialed it back down, to 1.2v 4.3GHz. Intel's XTU stress test didn't yield any reboots and Realbench passed with flying colors for a 15 minute run(assigning 16GB of ram, anything done with 32GB of ram gives me a BSoD, dreaded reboot).
The processor overclocking was something I did yesterday. Prior to that I tried to enable XMP to get the ram(and essentially overclock only the ram, not CPU) to run at DDR4-3200MHz, oddly enough I can't remember what exactly I did in BIOS but it worked and it did boot into the OS. I also think the BIOS chips are corrupt since if I try to reboot the system(doesn't matter if it's from OS GUI or from the button being pressed physically) the system takes about 30 minutes to move out of Q-Code 70. I am having trouble replicate the ram overclock and more so, trying to overclock the ram after I've dialed in the CPU overclock.
I turn to yo fellas to help guide me to overclocking the rams on the platform. Inf act I'd be happy to hear out from you folks if overclocking the ram is worthwhile. Person who owns the desktop uses it for productivity, architectural app's, so gaming is out of the question.
FYI, the system is being overclocked for the first time, quite literally, since it was built in 2015.
As for the system, I used BIOS Flashback utility and FAT32 formatted pen drive with BIOS 4101 to flash the BIOS chip #2, checked the CPU socket pins for any bent or broken pins and also made sure everything is set to auto so I didn't tinker with voltages(except for CPU).
Thank you for taking the time to read through this post!