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I'm really hoping someone can help me. I can't figure out why benchmarks for my RAM are so low in some sections. My rig is as the sig and below is a screenshot of the memory benchmark.



Things I have tried and can tell you: -

  1. The benchmark results are rougly the same for when I run at complete stock clocks and when I overclock.
  2. Ram speed is at 1600Mhz in the BIOS when tried at stock, and reduced to 1499Mhz when OC'd
  3. All RAM timings are at auto (I leave these alone, cos I have no clue about them.
  4. As you can see from the comparative benches, I'm scoring a lot lower than most.
  5. I am running 4 sticks of 2GB, yet I have tried combinations of different sticks, one, two and three at a time, changing sticks to rule out the possiblilty of a bad stick. I get the same results in the benchmark.

Here are some other screenshots from CPU-Z to show the timings of my RAM: -






Is there something that I am missing? I do not understand the readings above, but would really like to know if my motherboard is automatically changing timings to make things slow. Any guidance on changing my timings in the BIOS would be helpful, yet I have no clue on memory timings, that's the one part of overclocking I haven't quite got my head around yet.

Is it just that the RAM I have is just poor?

Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks v much thumb.gif
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Well you're running 4 sticks and overclocking. Try 2 sticks and do the test again as it's really much more difficult to overclock with 4 sticks VS 2. Most benchmarks are done with 2 sticks of memory and not 4 which is maybe why you're seeing lower performance on memory. I tried overclocking with 4 sticks of memory before and it's just too difficult to do. Try again and see if your results change.
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Thanks. Yes I have tried with just two sticks, swapping both to ensure there wasn't a bad stick in the four. I have tested this at stock and not overclocking. Maybe it is just poor ram, or just not a very good motherboard.

I never thought the performance of ram was that important, being that I am happy with my processor and GPU performance. But as with recent news that Battlefield 4 likes faster ram, I guess it's time to start thinking about the ram performance, as I would like to eliminate any potential bottlenecks in the future.

I'll have a look at benchmarks with my ram and motherboard and consider an upgrade of one or both.
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Well your ram is running at 1500 Mhz not 1800 like in your sig rig says. Why are they not running at stock? Which I think is 1600 Mhz depends on what you have.
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Yeah, I did have it running at 1800 until I experienced crashes and put it back again. I'll update it soon.

As the CPU BUS is I think 225, the ram speed went higher so I changed the speed to 1499 instead of 1800Mhz. When the CPU BUS is at stock I change it back to 1600 Mhz.
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