I need help tweaking my new system


Jan 23, 2009
My first PC build has been up and running for about a month now and I love it.
However, I just realized the memory isn't running at it's full specified speed of 1000. The system only registers at 800.
Also I think my CPU isn't running at full potential either. It should be at 3.16Ghz, but the system shows 2.83Ghz.

Understanding what my components are, can someone please step me thru the process of how to tweak the BIOS to get the components to run at proper settings? I'm new at this so thanks for your patience.

Below are the components in question:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000)

Thanks for the help
In addition to changing the RAM speed in the BIOS, you will also need to manually set the RAM timings and voltage to the manufacturers specs (5-5-5-15 @ 2.1v).

Intel's Speedstep will run your CPU at a reduced speed until a load is applied. I would run a program like Prime95 while watching the CPU speed in CPU-Z to see if it goes to full speed when a load is applied. If that doesn't work, manually set the CPU multiplier to 9.5 in the BIOS.