There is nothing wrong with that man. From my recent testing in the G.Skill competition, I had a lot of struggles too with gaining mem speed on air. With SS on CPU I was able to get to 5000 on the 9900k, but was pushing over 5200 with my 8086k and memory still on air. Current 9900k is able to do 4700+ C14-13-2t For VCCSA, you are probably goin way to far there at 1.7v and you are going to hurt the CPU if you do it too long without adequate cooling. I found the 4 CPUs I tried all topped out scaling on ambient around 1.45v SA, 1.35v IO, and only the 8086k scales up to 1.52v SA on LN2 for my 5586 validation.