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Did you have to give your RAM more voltage than rated specs in order to get it stable?

Poll Results: Did you have to give your RAM more voltage to get them stable at their stock speeds?

 
  • 60% (3)
    Yes
  • 40% (2)
    No
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post #1 of 6
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Just wondering if you had to give your RAM more voltage that what they are rated for in order to get them stable at their stock speeds.

For example, 1.5V RAM needing 1.55V in order to get stable.
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post #2 of 6
This depends.
Firstly, most motherboards seem to undervolt the memory voltage, i.e. to get 1.50V "real" you'd have to set 1.52-ish in the BIOS.
Secondly, if memory comes from different kits, was binned for another platform or a different amount of channels, in some cases a small voltage bump might be necessary.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I am asking because my RAM is rated at 1.5 volts and my computer didn't seem stable. I was getting BSODs. I was then recommended by RAM GUY at Corsair to up my voltage to 1.55 volts. It seemed to work. My computer has been on continuously for 15 hours without issue and I've been gaming, surfing the Internet, listening to music, etc.
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post #4 of 6
Yes, especially with some tightly binned OCZ and non-top tier Corsair kits in the days of yore.

There are a variety of reasons this can be the case. In addition to every system being different (subtly different memory tables, different memory controllers, different board trace lengths, different quality and stability of power delivery, etc), many memory makers are simply full of crap. Memory is pretty hard to test extensively, and some makers test in unrealistically favorable conditions, and/or don't leave reasonable headroom.

Most good memory that hasn't been sorted extensively for absolute maximum profit will operate at better than stock settings, with less than stock voltage.

This is why I generally avoid enthusiast/OCer memory (generally, anything with a heatspreader, unless it's heavily discounted) like the plague. Most of it is overpriced garbage, with only the absolute top tier stuff being sure to outperform OEM stuff you can find for a quarter the price.
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post #5 of 6
sometimes..I'm not askeered biggrin.gif
I ram some TEAM @ 1.73 for months on Sandy Bridge, just to get 2000/2133.
 
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post #6 of 6
Never had this happen. More often than not I can run it at a lower voltage, or overclock it on stock voltage.
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