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Basically for BF I bought this ram for my move to i7.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

When I plug it in to my system (taking the old ram out) i get beep codes for memory issues. Now my board (intel dp45sg) only supports up to 1333 and the current ram in there now is at 1.6v. Shouldn't this ram work on my board just at the lower speed? If not then that means the sticks are probably bad. I know the slots are fine because the old memory works in those same slots with no issue.
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Try with just one stick. If that doesn't manually set the settings with a old stick in and install the new sticks. If neither of those work try clearing the CMOS.
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can always try a cmos reset
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Does the P45 even support 4GiB DDR3 DIMMs? It was one of the earliest DDR3 chipsets and memory support may be quite lacking. Might be worth checking the manual for supported memory sizes and configurations.

I'd double check that you are using the correct slots, clear the BIOS settings, and update the BIOS, in that order, to see if you can make it work.
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

Does the P45 even support 4GiB DDR3 DIMMs? It was one of the earliest DDR3 chipsets and memory support may be quite lacking. Might be worth checking the manual for supported memory sizes and configurations.
I'd double check that you are using the correct slots, clear the BIOS settings, and update the BIOS, in that order, to see if you can make it work.

You know what you're right. I just looked at my manual. My board only supports up to 8GB in these configurations. So I can only use 2GB sticks like i was before. Guess I won't know if these are bad or not till I get a new board. Good thing newegg has a 60 day black friday policy.

The Desktop Board supports the dual or single channel memory configurations defined below:
• Four 240-pin Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) connectors with gold-plated contacts.
• 1333/1066/800 MHz DDR3 SDRAM interface
• Unbuffered, non-registered single- or double-sided DIMMs • Non-ECC DDR3 memory
• Serial Presence Detect (SPD) memory only
• Up to 4 GB utilizing 512 Mb or 1 Gb technology
• Up to 8 GB utilizing 1 Gb or 2 Gb technology
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Actually, 2Gb is refering to the size of each individual IC in gigabits. A DDR3 DIMM with sixteen 2Gb ICs on it is a 4GiB DIMM.

Are you sticks single sided or dual sided (do they have eight ICs on both sides of the PCB)? Almost certainly dual at that price, which technically should be supported.
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Well the sticks I bought are 4GB each. So by your reasoning they automatically are dual sided are they not? i can't take the heat spreader off.

Do they make single sided 4 GB dimms?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by matty0610 View Post

Well the sticks I bought are 4GB each. So by your reasoning they automatically are dual sided are they not? i can't take the heat spreader off.
Do they make single sided 4 GB dimms?

Most 4GiB DIMMs are dual sided, but since 8GiB DIMMs with 16 ICs exist, there are probably 4GiB DIMMs with 8.

Anyway, you don't need to take of the heatspreader, just look at one of the DIMMs edge on to confirm.
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