@CptLucky8 and @Beulah6126 I have been trying to educate myself regarding overclocking in the R11. What I have found leads me to believe Alienware does NOT finetune each machine individually.
My R11 contains a i9 10900KF running between 3.7 and 5.3 GHz. In the AWCC there was no overclocking setup preselected. My CPU was set to run at 3.7 GHz. I created an Overclocking Preset so it would run at 5.0 GHz. I stress tested it and it passed. Then I looked at my GPU and decided to leave the ‘stock’ settings as they were. On to RAM. I have 32 GB of DDR4 XMP capable of running at 3200 MHz. In the setup panel my RAM was set to run at ~ 2800 MHz (I forgot to note the exact number). In the Advanced Tab, under Memory Clock, my R11 was set to RAM : Disabled. I had to select RAM2 : Enabled, then reboot the machine for it to take effect. Coming back into the AWCC I found RAM was now running at 3200 MHz. I believe if Alienware set up machines individually, it would have been set at 3200 from the factory based upon what I had ordered. This applies also to the CPU speed. I recollect that the number ~2800 that my R11 was running at was the base choice of speed for the R11 when I was specifying the build I wanted to buy. I also believe RAM1 (which was also a settings choice) corresponded to the second option for speed I could also have chosen to purchase. I purchased the 3200 which corresponded to the RAM2 setting.
@CptLucky8 the image of the BIOS you posted where XMP Memory is “Disabled” in a box with a drop down, my BIOS showed XMP Memory as Disabled but the drop down was not functional. When the AWCC was showing RAM : Disabled that correlated directly to the BIOS showing XMP Memory Disabled. When I chose RAM2 : Enabled, rebooted the machine, clicked F2 to enter BIOS and checked the setting it showed XMP Memory RAM2 : Enabled.
So, I have changed some things to reflect the higher end capabilities of my R11 as listed in the Specs that determined the cost of my machine. I didn’t choose any settings that showed up yellow or red in the adjustment sliders, and each stress test returned a “passed” message.
I take this all to mean I have tuned my machine but not overclocked it and that my settings are safe but should provide some added performance capability.
Are either of you comfortable commenting one way or the other on the validity of my belief? I enjoy these interactions, I am learning quite a bit…