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Hey guys this is my first post so plz don't get upset if I'm in the wrong section.

I have had a 12GB RAM Kit (4GB x 3) for a few years now and since I am a complete noob, I've only recently noticed on CPU-Z that my DRAM Frequency was at 535 MHz.

This is the ram i have:
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Looking at the pic I noticed that my speed should be 2000MHz, but it is only working at 1066Mhz right? After further research I tried activating the X.M.P option in BIOS under the "AI Overclock Tuner" section. When I did a restart a message popped up before I could get to windows "Overclock Failed".
I've since managed to manually get 1600MHz with a voltage of 1.71. I'm generally happy with this but how is this going to affect me buying more RAM in the near future?? Is this a motherboard problem (I have an ASUSTek P6X58D-E) or something else? I mean if I decide to upgrade to some 2400MHz RAM is it a waste if I am only using 1600MHz?? I'm new to playing with PC's so any help is appreciated.

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I assume you are running a Bloomfield CPU (i7-920, 930, 940, 950, 960, 965 or 975), not a Gulftown (i7 970, 980X or 990X), right?
Bloomfields generally have issues running memory at DDR3-2000 as that requires running NB frequency at 4000MHz (i.e. four times the memory frequency), which not many CPUs can do,
If DDR3-2000 doesn't work out of the box, you could try getting it as close to that as possible via manual memory multiplier, timing and voltage adjustments depending on your BCLK (base clock, stock 133MHz or overclocked). Trial and error method mostly.
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Hey Sam thanks for the info smile.gif yes I am running a i7-950. I did through trial and error get it up to 1600MHz in BIOS so I'm pretty happy with that.
When you say the Bloomfield CPU's have issues with the 2000's, do you mean just the 2000's or 2000 AND above? Because if I buy RAM in the future I will be aiming to get the fastest out on the market smile.gif and it would suck if my CPU couldn't handle it.
I have also noticed that there are not many 2000MHz RAM chips for sale. Has this speed of RAM been discontinued??

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2000mhz & over would be more difficult. The NB (uncore in x58) has to run at least double the memory speed (with bloomfield) & many bloomfield cpus would have to have the IMC voltage well into the danger zone to pull it off. Running more dimms (& higher density) makes it a bit more difficult as well.
It is more difficult to find good 2000Mhz kits now, but there are still some 2000 kits in the stores. Just as easy to get a 2133mhz kit & run it at lower frequency.
    
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Oh I see. That makes sense thanks FtW. But would some 2133 RAM work alongside my 2000?? even if it is @ 1600 lol.
It sounds to me like the Gulftown CPU are a better investment. Maybe that's the next step.
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Oh I see. That makes sense thanks FtW. But would some 2133 RAM work alongside my 2000?? even if it is @ 1600 lol.
It sounds to me like the Gulftown CPU are a better investment. Maybe that's the next step.

I've mixed kits before, generally just have to make the better kit slow down to play nice with the lower kit, it shouldn't give you much difficulty.
Gulftown isn't really the way to go now, unless you can get a good used one. Cheaper to get a better performing 3930k & new board than a new gulftown.
    
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Sweet thanks for the advice mate! I'm gonna muck around with this PC for a while until I get the hang of this stuff.
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