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Hello, I have been getting some random BSODs recently so I decided to run Memtest to see if my ram was the issue. It ran all night with no errors, however during the test I could see that my ram was a 500mhz and DDR1000 (around those values) but my ram is the OCZ Reaper DDR3 1600

Is there a way to ensure that my ram is running at the correct values? I looked into the bios but couldnt find anything.

Thanks!
post #2 of 11
run CPU Z and click over to the tab that says memory if you want to see like your timings and what frequency its running at
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For more details than CPU-Z (i.e. subtimings), you can also use a program like Everest, Aida, or memset.
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Ok so CPU-Z told me that my ram was at 500mhz. So I went into the BIOS, it was on "Auto" so I bumped it up to 1600mhz.

Came back in CPU-Z (double checked in AMD overdrive also) and now it says my ram is at 800mhz. Am I just not looking at the right values, or is there something wrong? Ive been using this ram for a year without any problems, and I ran memtest 2 days ago without any issues either.
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CPU-Z reads half of the theoretical speed of memory. DDR stands for double data rate, so if you want to get the effective speed, just multiply it by 2!
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx;14363761 
CPU-Z reads half of the theoretical speed of memory. DDR stands for double data rate, so if you want to get the effective speed, just multiply it by 2!

wow, it was THAT stupid?

Thanks for relieving me of my fears.

On another note, checking my ram like this has made me notice something :

The ram I have in my computer is not the ram that I purchased from newegg 1 year ago. The product number is different, and its PC-8300 (or something similar) while the ram I purchased was PC-12800 (still have the reciept)

Gladly its still 1600mhz ram so I wont get on my high horses.

I tried looking for the product number I have on newegg and found nothing.
post #7 of 11
PC3-8500 is DDR3-1066MHz memory (which means your memory was probably running at 533MHz in CPU-Z). DDR3-1600 is PC3-12800.
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post #8 of 11
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But... theres the number "1600" in the product number of my ram, even though its pc3-8500. And I had the option to put it at 1600. I also played all night with it at 1600 and it did not crash.
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Most memory will easily run 1600. Which memory did you purchase?
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post #10 of 11
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227574

This is what I purchased, although as I said it is not the product name that I have in my case for some odd reason.
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