Question Can I run my RAM at it's available 3600 MHz on an AMD Ryzen 7 2700x?


Jan 28, 2020
Hi. I know there are many people out there asking this exact same question, but I feel like I'd get the clearest - and most safe - answer if I asked the question on my own. So I recently built my own PC. (Specs below.) When I put the part list together, it was pre-5000 series, and I never even considered the 5000 series till AFTER I ordered the parts. By the time I got the CPU, I just wasn't up to sending it back and getting a different one, plus I didn't want to give up those two extra cores, since I would be switching to an AMD Ryzen 5600x. (And I was scared my mobo would need a BIOS update, which it turned out it did, but I later learned after I built the PC that since I got a fairly nice Asus mobo it supported BIOS flashback via a flash drive, and needed no CPU.) I have manually overclocked my RAM from 2133 MHz to 3200 MHz, and my PC is running as stable as I could desire. But my RAM can clock up to 3600 MHz. I was wondering: is it possible, or safe, to overclock my RAM to its available 3600 MHz speed while using an AMD Ryzen 2700x CPU?

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Motherboard
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x @ 3.7 GHz
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X73 RGB 360mm AIO Cooler
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2x16 GB) DDR4 3600 MHz (manually clocked to 3200 MHz) RAM
ADATA Gammix S11 Pro 1 TB NVMe M.2 (Main)
Samsung 870 QVO 1 TB SSD (Games)
250 GB HDD (Manufacturer unknown, for random crap)
Seagate External 1 TB SSD (Videos and other large files)
GPU: Asus RTX 2070 Super Mini OC Edition
PSU: Seasonic Focus Plus Gold-Rated (80+) 1000W Power Supply


My thought is to leave well enough alone.

Especially if the system is stable and performing well. Additional overclocking may not result in any noticeable improvements.

That said, the primary document is the the motherboard's User Manual along with the applicable CPU and RAM documentation.

Go online and find the applicable and current documentation being very careful to match versions/revisions/models, etc..

Details matter so be very sure to read all fine print, warnings, caveats etc, that you find. Also research the applicable manufacturer's websites : Forums and FAQs.

Pay close attention to what is said as well as what is not said.

Overall the end result is that you will come to some conclusion(s) on your own regarding "possibility" and "risk".

Very true that someone else may post that the answer is a flat out yes. I have no problem with that.

Yet the burden remains on you to be certain about how to proceed.

Go slowly and increase clocking in small increments if you do decide to proceed with overclocking.
So far as I am aware, if you have RAM of it's rated speed installed in a motherboard that can (OC) RAM, you should be seeing an "XMP" profile that matches that speed.

The sales literature says this: (newegg)

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
DDR4 4400(O.C.)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3400(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory *
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
DDR4 3600(O.C.)/ 3400(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory *
2nd and 1st Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
DDR4 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory
* Refer to for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).