Set an XMP profile for my memory in my BIOS - Now I'm overclocked. Is that safe?

TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane The DjinneratorAt the bottom of a bottleRegistered User regular
Hi all - I have a pretty quick setup/BIOS question, and I hope it's okay to ask it here. Particularly since it's probably a pretty stupid question.

Recently put together a new system with an 8700K on an ASUS motherboard (ROG Maximus X Formula). I've been having weird issues where I come home from work to find that my computer was rebooted while I was away, and finding BSOD minidump files indicating there were nonspecific crashes. The dump files were hard to troubleshoot, since they didn't point in any specific direction.

To address this, I decided to update by BIOS in the hopes that it would improve compatibility - But in so updating it trashed all my settings. Instead of putting them in manually, this time I opted for the XMP profile. But that seems to have overclocked my CPU in addition to my memory. Everything seems stable, but I just feel like it might be asking for trouble.

Is an XMP overclock safe in this situation? My CPU seems to be going anywhere between 4.3 and 4.7 GHz, depending on load. I'm just not certain if I should leave it like this, or roll things back. What are the dangers of an overclock like this? Is there anything that I ought to be wary of? Or is this pretty safe and normal these days? I admit I typically never overclock at all - it makes me pretty nervous.


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    useruser Registered User regular
    4.7 Ghz is the out of the box boost clock for your CPU, you're not overclocked at all on that end. XMP doesn't do anything at all to the CPU.

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