Enabling XMP is quite simple. For the MSI B560 motherboard, the BIOS interface is easy to use. On the “EZ Mode” page, just click “XMP Profile” in the upper left corner of the screen with the mouse or keyboard. The settings that were saved in the memory will then be read by the motherboard and used.
MSi or MSI PCs have what’s known as the Click BIOS. It’s a mainstay across nearly their entire mainstream motherboard lineup. Therefore, you won’t encounter too many differences across the different BIOS product stacks.
Even if you’re dealing with MSi Pro Series motherboards with a different interface, it’s usually only a color variation. You’ll come across the same navigation and options regardless.
How to Change XMP Profile MSi
When entering the MSi BIOS for the first time, you might see it as “Easy Mode” compared to other BIOS variants. You only need to navigate to the top where it says “A-XMP” or “XMP” in order to set a memory profile. You also have to set it as Profile 1 or 2.
You can set your memory profile here. However, even PC builder novices are recommended to venture into the “Advanced” interface and get more setup options there.
Set Up XMP Memory Profiles in Advanced Mode
Enter “Advanced Mode” by pressing the F7 key on the MSI BIOS. You should get a more complicated interface but not too complicated that’s indecipherable. Now navigate towards the settings for “Overclocking” to get to the right page.
Now make sure to set the “OC Explore Mode” to “Normal” from that page. Look for the DRAM settings on the page list then navigate to “XMP” or “A-XMP” before hitting Enter. A popup menu should then appear.
Select a Profile and Set the Memory Timings
Select Profile 1 and press Enter once more. The memory timings of both profiles should be listed below the A-XMP option. Set the right timing, hit F10, and confirm your exit to save the settings of your MSi BIOS and get a nice clean boot. You’ve now set your XMP profile.
The advanced interface might take longer for you to setup your XMP profile but it pays to learn that configuration as a PC builder since you’re going to take on more complex BIOS interfaces in the future.
The “Memory Try It” Feature
If your XMP profile setup isn’t allowing you to boot your computer, go to “Memory Try It” to troubleshoot this incident. Unique to MSi computers, motherboards, and their BIOS, this feature allows you access to a list of commonly used memory frequencies and timings.
It could be possible that you’ve set your peak timing for your XMP profile incorrectly or the setting isn’t something that’s supported by the given motherboard or BIOS. Use the feature to set the frequency to one below your memory’s rated speed until you get a stable timing.
Manually Input the Timing
If selecting a profile and using “Memory Try It” has failed you (although it’s quite unlikely for “Memory Time It”) then you can always go for the manual input option. Just go to the “Advanced DRAM Configuration” to set manual memory frequencies and timings.
On that page, you’ll have to dial in memory timings yourself. Read up on it because it’s far too complex to be covered by this guide. You can find more info about it by looking up “manual frequencies and timings for XMP profiles” on Google. Or watch this video.
How to set XMP Profiles in your BIOS
XMP, or Extreme Memory Profile, is a technology that allows you to change the timing and voltage settings of your RAM to achieve higher speeds. This can be a valuable tool for overclocking your system, but it can also be helpful for simply getting your RAM to run at its rated speed.
Many motherboards will automatically detect and apply the correct XMP settings for your RAM, but in some cases, you may need to make changes to your BIOS in order to use XMP.
If your motherboard supports XMP, you’ll usually find the setting in the “Advanced” or “Performance” tab. Simply enable XMP and then select the profiles that correspond to your RAM. Once you’ve made these changes, save them and exit the BIOS. Your system should now be able to take advantage of the higher speed settings on your RAM.
Additional Tips and Tricks
Many first time PC builders avoid tinkering with the BIOS and treat PC building as mostly a hardware-based pursuit with compatible cards inserted into compatible slots of compatible motherboards. However, you need to deal with XMP profiles to set your memory to its rated speed.
- Jerry James, “Guide to XMP Memory Profiles – How to set XMP Profiles in your BIOS“, CGDirector.com, November 8, 2021