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About a year ago i switched from Kingston to Corsair Memory because 6gigs were not enough and it also seemed to be a bit faulty. Now i have Corsair Dominator GT 24gigs on an Asus Rampage III Black.
Lately i been having more and more bluescreens and once applications reach a certain memory usage they develop trouble. E.g. Can't run Kerbal Space Program cause of memory related crashes, same goes for BF3 and some others.
I have yet to actually run something like memtest or do load tests on the memory. Even then this won't tell me if the problem lays within the circuits on the Mainboard.
I could send the board in, it should still have the 3year warranty same goes for the memory, but that would mean taking the whole computer apart and waiting for RMA, which might take weeks or even months.

Any ideas what i could try?
post #2 of 11
For starters, yes run memtest86+ to make sure that it is not the memory. If it is I have heard great things about their RMA process.
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Ran memtest twice passed with no errors. The whole thing took three hours, no idea if that's normal.
So i guess it is not the memory itself, but something else.

The bluescreens i been getting mostly said something about Pages in nonpage areas, the last one was a usbaudio.sys failure tho.
Apart from that some programs and games i have seemingly run out of memory, which could be a software-side issue. Still I'm seemingly the only one reporting them.
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I do not know of any reason why you should be utilizing more than 8gb of that 24. Sorry that I can't help much further.
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I lowered my overclock a little to around 4.6ghz and put the Memory Clock back into auto mode. There are a fair bit of crashes induced my the SSD i have, but that's usually around one or two a month not 7 in a row.
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I lowered my overclock a little to around 4.6ghz and put the Memory Clock back into auto mode. There are a fair bit of crashes induced my the SSD i have, but that's usually around one or two a month not 7 in a row.

Is this four 6gb modules?
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6x 4gigs Triple Channel
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Well, saturating all your DIMM slots is not conducive to high overclocks.
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What voltage are you running to the QPI (on chip memory controller voltage)? When I ran 6 modules on my X58 setups, I would have to increase the QPI to at least 1.25v, and sometimes to 1.275v when running DDR3 1600. Once I went up to 1866 and above, I needed 1.30-1.35v.

basically more modules put more stress on the memory controller. So bumping the voltage is a must for ram stability.
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basically more modules put more stress on the memory controller. So bumping the voltage is a must for ram stability.

this, and I would add that its possible for CPU problems to manifest as memory errors, the best way to find out is reduce your overclock, keep your RAM where it is, and/or if its safe, up your voltage.

if you still have problems, try also running your ram a step or two down, leaving CPU at original OC, and see if that makes it go away.

I would also recommend monitoring your memory activity via resource monitor, and if you really want to see whats happening, performance monitor (win 7). if all else fails this may help you rule out when and why you are paging, swapping, or memory leaks and what is causing them, etc.

other ideas:

removing modules to rule out a faulty channel (unlikely) or stick (more likely)
borrowing ram if this is an option is a GREAT idea. or if u have other ram around.
if you want to rule out SSD, swap that out if its an option, for HDD or other SSD, etc.

knowngood parts are important for any swaps, no point using faulty hardware to troubleshoot.
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