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A few months ago I purchased some faster and better ram. That is the G.Skill Sniper 1866 in my sig. That ram died so I ended up putting in my old G.Skill Ripjaws X ram that I have had since I built my PC years ago. About a week ago I purchased 16 GB of the G.Skill Trident X DDR3 ram. Everything was going fine until I tried to turn my computer on today. Both sticks of ram were bad. I tried every slot with each of the ram sticks with no success. Then once I put my old Ripjaws X sticks back into my computer, it started right up.

I'm pretty sure it's either my motherboard or power supply that is causing the ram to go bad but I want to get some other people's opinions on this before I go rebuilding my PC again. My motherboard and Power Supply are both less than a year old.

The thing that I don't understand is why the Sniper and Trident X ram both got killed in my PC but the Ripjaws X (Which I have had running in my computer for much longer lengths of time than the Sniper or Trident X with my newish motherboard and power supply) is still running like nothing is wrong?

I would also like to point out that the only things that I have overclocked in my computer are my CPU and my GPU. All of the ram sticks that went bad were not running overclocked.

Does anybody have any idea on why this keeps happening? Should I replace both my motherboard and my power supply?

I'm thinking that I should just replace both of them just to be safe but I would like to hear if anybody has any other thoughts on this.
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post #2 of 5
Have you tested the presumably dead memory in another system? Have you been careful not to overvolt any aspect of the DIMMs overly much?

If they are actually dead and you're sure it wasn't an issue with settings, I would also be looking at the board and PSU, with my focus being on the board first.

The board is responsible for converting +5v or +3.3v from the PSU into a vDDQ voltage the memory can use, and this should mask most problems with the original voltage supply. Seriously messed up +5v would also likely be killing hard drives faster than memory.

Still, the PSU cannot be ruled out and if you can RMA it, it may be worth doing so.
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Thanks for the reply.

I don't have another system to test them in. I also haven't touched any voltages in the BIOS besides under-volting the CPU.

I'll take your advice and focus on the board first then try the Tident X's with the new board to see if they are actually dead or something with the mobo.
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post #4 of 5
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Yep it was definitely the motherboard. Just got a new motherboard installed and the Trident X's are working. Glad I didn't need to replace the PSU as well.
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post #5 of 5
The Trident X modules don't have good enough filter capacitance and let the voltage spike too much on each clock, possibly to damaging levels? I'd also look at the motherboard's voltage regulator because it may be set too high.
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