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If you are here, you are probably looking for the meaning of D.O.C.P or how to disable/enable it. We have covered everything you need to know, including how to fix issues related to it. If you have a question that you can’t find in this article, please leave a comment in the comment box, and we will answer your question as soon as possible.
What is Intel XMP?
Before jumping to D.O.C.P, you need to understand what Intel XMP is and how XMP and D.O.C.P are connected.
Intel Extreme Memory Profile (Intel XMP) is a technology that automatically sets DRAM to the correct frequencies, voltage, and timings according to the specifications. Without XMP, you will have to manually configure your RAM, which can be too complicated for non-tech-savvy users. Not enabling the XMP feature and ignoring manual configuration means your RAM will run at a standard specification that depends upon the CPU you have.
In simple words, Intel XMP lets your system use the full potential of your RAM; some people also call it overclocking.
D.O.C.P stands for Direct OverClock Profile; it is an overclocking profile by Asus developed for AMD motherboards. D.O.C.P uses XMP protocol to automatically set up data rates and timings on the AMD motherboards.
D.O.C.P VS XMP
Most latest Motherboards with Intel CPU have XMP, and AMD motherboards have D.O.C.P. Both XMP and D.O.C.P are designed for the same purpose.
What Is the Difference Between D.O.C.P and D.O.C.P Standard?
There is only a minor difference between D.O.C.P and D.O.C.P standard. D.O.C.P standard option selects a memory divider at the kit’s rated frequency. For example, if your RAM is running at 3000MHz with D.O.C.P enabled, switching to D.O.C.P Standard will slightly reduce the memory speed to stay within AMD’s memory divider’s specifications. If you are confused about choosing, go with D.O.C.P and then check if the RAM is stable or not; if it is, leave it like that; else, switch to D.O.C.P standard.
What Is AI Overclocker Tuner D.O.C.P?
AI Overclocker Tuner is an option that can be accessed in the AI tweaker menu of the ASUS motherboard’s BIOS. It lets you choose any one option from Auto, Manual, and D.O.C.P.
Should You Enable D.O.C.P?
Yes, as mentioned before, D.O.C.P will overclock your RAM so you can utilize its full potential. If you choose not to use D.O.C.P, you will have to rely on Auto or manual configuration, which are sometimes not the best options.
How to Enable D.O.C.P?
- Press the “F2” or “Delete” key during the boot-up process to enter BIOS.
- Press “F7” to open the Advanced mode.
- Click on the “AI Tweaker.”
- Now click on the dropdown located right next to “AI Overclock Tuner.”
- Select D.O.C.P in the menu.
- Finaly click on ”Save & Exit” or press ”F10.”
After enabling the D.O.C.P, you can also set FCLK (Fabric Clock). It should be set to 1/2 the MHz value of your DDR4 RAM. For example, if your RAM is 3600MHz, the FCLK should be set to 1800MHz.
What to Do if You Can’t Enable D.O.C.P?
Make sure the memory is in slots A2/B2 and try updating the BIOS.
How to Disable D.O.C.P?
Follow the first three steps mentioned in the above section and then choose Auto or Manual to stop using D.O.C.P.
Is D.O.C.P Safe?
Yes, it’s way better than manual configuration because you may make mistakes while setting voltage and speed, but D.O.C.P sets everything based on hardware specs.
CPU Temps Raising After Enabling D.O.C.P?
D.O.C.P raises speed and voltage for better stability and affects the CPUs memory controller too. It’s pretty normal to see raising temps while you are gaming. Sometimes, bad ventilation can also be the main reason behind raising temps after enabling D.O.C.P, Make sure your CPU case has enough fans, and also check if your CPU cooler is good enough or not.
D.O.C.P Crashing Your PC?
There are multiple reasons why D.O.C.P can sometimes cause game crashing and other issues; below, we have mentioned some things you need to do to troubleshoot the issue.
1) Check if your RAM is on the QVL for the motherboard?
QVL(Qualified Vendors List) is provided by motherboard manufactures so you can check hardware compatibility. If the RAM you have is not on the list, you will have to buy one that’s compatible.
2) Raise RAM voltage
Sometimes raising RAM voltage and manually setting the timings can fix the crashing issues, so make sure you try that before getting a new RAM.
3) Reset CMOS
If you are in a situation where your PC won’t turn on after enabling D.O.C.P, you can try resetting CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor). Resettings CMOS resets your BIOS to factory default state. CMOS can be reset using BIOS, but since your PC is not turning on, you can reset it via CLRTC.
Read: How to Clear CMOS on an ASUS Motherboard
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