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RAM causing slight instability?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
To come clean with you guys, I know close to nothing about RAM. It's usually a buy it, chuck it in and hope for the best scenario. I'm trying to understand it better, but I just don't understand how it works.

I'm running 4 modules of Kingston XMP Beast 1866MHz 4GB on a Z77x-UP7, here's how CPU-Z reads them;



I have the CL, tRCD, tRP, tRAS and CR set manually in BIOS, as well as switching the profile to XMP 1, which should be 1600MHz. I chose this because I tried to manually set the frequency to 1866MHz and the motherboard basically said no. I'm pretty certain I'm missing a massive portion of the setup.

Regarding the thread title, I'm noticing slight pauses when closing some applications, particularly Windows Media Player. I click the X and it takes maybe 2/3 seconds to respond and close. It doesn't actually turn unresponsive (i.e window greys out/message for unresponsive), but it takes a second to close. I'm assuming this must be something to do with the RAM because my CPU overclock is very stable at 4.5GHz/1.265V (3770k).

Any words of wisdom for a RAM noob?
post #2 of 8
well first off....

Are the BIOS updated?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I was actually going to back when I was messing around with my CPU OC but never got round to it. Never done it before mind you. Is there much involved? Does the old BIOS version not deal with XMP memory very well?
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there has been many times Ive ran high like O.C your saying , passed stability checks and went into a game Ive liked to find out that its crashed....this is the same with anything you can overclcock with your computer....memory, 3d card...whatever....Cache's are just that...the next time ya do it should be much faster...I wont mind a first time load...for a fast response later.
post #5 of 8
some Memory will not function correctly without a bios update.... some where made before whats being made now....(2200 up)
post #6 of 8
You have awesome memory.....you shouldn't be having any problems.16 mbs should not lag at all unless your mobo is having problems
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm going to have to look up how to update the BIOS then. I tried it before and it was asking me to point to a file on the drive but I didn't have one to point to. Maybe give that a go tomorrow unless anyone else has any suggestions before I do that. I assume an update to the BIOS will wipe the settings back to defaults?
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Originally Posted by Leevga View Post

I'm going to have to look up how to update the BIOS then. I tried it before and it was asking me to point to a file on the drive but I didn't have one to point to. Maybe give that a go tomorrow unless anyone else has any suggestions before I do that. I assume an update to the BIOS will wipe the settings back to defaults?

yes, so do what ya can to backup......just in case.....snapshot and all that...revert, half restore........it would have been better if ya noticed the problem before you put anything into it...because you might have to refresh the memor in the mobo, but the flash update should work...on the bios....
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