I'm having issues getting my system stable with 2x8gb of Mushkin ram (no CPU overclocking at this point). The ram i'm using is here:
This is my first build and i come from the OSX world so everything is quite new to me and it has been a steep learning curve the last couple of weeks.
Here's what i've tried or am having issue with:
Bios is F8 on UD5H. 2600K i7.
Start with optimized defaults and 16gig - BSOD's and memory management warnings happen very quick in windows 7 (within minutes of boot and just being idle).
Try with just one 8gig stick and it seems okay.
Memtest64+ with 16gig (incorrect slots as per manual instruction) for 4-5hours and everything passes.
Load XMP profile and get quick BSOD's (same warning).
Increase ram voltage and only value it seems stable is on 1.65v which seems odd to me since the link above says it's rated for 1.35v. XMP profile has it at 1.5v (not stable). I leave it at 1.65 anyway. Also the profile sets it to 1600mhz (which i'm okay with) even though link says it's 1866mhz... ?
Run ITB or LinX and get failures on full memory testing at about 14 or so passes which takes about 5-6 hours using almost 15gig of ram in the test (varies with successive attempts). BCLK is default/auto but shows usually 100.10 - 100.12 in bios. Setting manually to 100.10 usually goes better/longer in ITB/LinX testing. (why?)
XMP profile shows ram timings as 10 10 10 27 (i'm confused again since link above says it's 11 11 11 27) so i set manually.
ITB or LinX fails quicker. 7-9 passes. Hard to tell/remember since it takes hours and after days of testing i'm forgetting what happens with what settings. Lol.
Increase Vtt to 1.15 and IMC to 1.145 and ITB/LinX fails after 2 passes or so. And that's where i've gotten to.
Is the ram just not very compatible? I had originally spec'd corsair vengenge for this build but the store i bought from talked me into getting mushkin since they could do a much better price. Mistake?
Any advice? Thanks to anyone that read this novel.