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I've recently put together my first self built PC and wanted to dive into overclocking. I have an msi z77a-gd55 motherboard so I thought I would try out the OC Genie it had. It seemed to be stable until I had some random crashes in my games. So I went back to stock to look at manual overclocking. (I have an i5 3570k) I tried out Intel Burn Test and found that it failed on my stock processor. But then sometimes it would pass.
Later on while playing F1 2012 I received a BSOD PFN_LIST_CORRUPT.

I looked at testing the memory with memtest and after 5 hours I had this:
http://tinypic.com/r/10xy2bq/6

I have patriot extreme masters ram (2x4GB) and have had it for about a week.

So there is probably a whole list of potential problems or just one error somewhere in there. So any help to being able to have a stable system for overclocking would be brilliant. smile.gif
post #2 of 10
Try some different RAM and see if you're stable then.

And don't use auto overclock features like OC genie, you'll always get better results if you set things manually. smile.gif
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The only spare I have at the moment is the DDR2 RAM from my old computer. I'm guessing I cant use that?

If that is the case I was planning on getting more RAM for the PC soon anyway so it wouldn't be a massive problem.
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DDR2 isn't going to fit unfortunately. I don't suppose you could borrow some sticks from a friend, or try your sticks in a friend's system?
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post #5 of 10
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We do have another computer in the house that should be DDR3. Ill try the memory out in that tomorrow.
post #6 of 10
Patriot Extreme Memory Masters rated 2133 MHz, made with 1600 MHz chips (Hynix PB speed):

http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/patriot_intel_extreme_masters_pc3_17000_2x4gb/2

Problematic by design?
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Originally Posted by larymoencurly View Post

Patriot Extreme Memory Masters rated 2133 MHz, made with 1600 MHz chips (Hynix PB speed):

http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/patriot_intel_extreme_masters_pc3_17000_2x4gb/2

Problematic by design?
This was the set I bought:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-068-PA

1600MHz is what it says for my set.

I was hoping that I wouldn't have an issue with them due to it saying they are all hand tested. I have 2 more sticks on the way so hopefully they will be able to show me whats wrong with my system.
Edited by Crabbo - 2/7/13 at 3:29pm
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Originally Posted by Crabbo View Post

This was the set I bought:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-068-PA

1600MHz is what it says for my set.

I was hoping that I wouldn't have an issue with them due to it saying they are all hand tested. I have 2 more sticks on the way so hopefully they will be able to show me whats wrong with my system.
I have a feeling those 1600 MHz modules were made from chips rated for just 1333 MHz (do NOT remove the heatsinks to check -- voids the warranty and could tear a chip off the circuit board).

I'm not sure I'd be impressed with hand testing of memory, unless it was done over several days with multiple motherboards, each equipped with an RST card or better yet, the testing was done with one of these $4M (US) machines used by chip manufacturers:

post #9 of 10
I have a saying
"its always the ram"

90% of the time, its true.
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Originally Posted by zeropluszero View Post

I have a saying
"its always the ram"

90% of the time, its true.
I am hoping this too. I have 2 more sticks on their way and wish to test them out.

I have tested the PC with different ram and it seems to be fine. Yet when I tested the "broken" ram on another pc no errors came up. But as soon as i put it back in my case I had errors.
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