Better late than never ehh?
So, if anyone is still reading this post...I'm going to toss my questions onto the pile. I've had this board for around 3 years...I weathered the amazing "Display driver failed" issue with Windows Vista and Nvidia. I've overclocked, underclocked and damn near crushed the board with a baseball bat. Long story short...I apparently have no idea what the hell I'm doing!
So, I built my old roommate's machine using the exact same board, and many similar parts. On Bios 1601 I was able to get the Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz to 3.1GHz and his 8GB of Mushkin PC2-8500 memory to run at 1066MHz. It runs very stable...and hasn't caused him any issues.
On my set-up, it's a different story. With the only real difference being my memory...I have NEVER been able to get my memory (Corsair XMS2-8500) to run at 1066MHz or 533MHz bus. I can run the processor up to whatever I want it seems...but the memory won't budge. In fact, I can't even boot the board if I set the memory to 1066MHz with stock timings.
When I'm talking about MHz I'm referring to the numbers reflected in the Bios under the overclocking screen. I typically run with the CPU and Memory "Unlinked" and manually type in the numbers I desire. Unless I'm completely stupid, I'm assuming the "actual" FSB speeds it displays are literally the speed I want. So when I type 1066 and it says 1065.somebull*****...it understands what I mean??
So what have I tried...short of buying new memory? Well, clearly the voltage. By default I run it at 2.1V but I've gone as high as 2.2. The timings...I've tried about every variation I can think of. The slots...I've changed the memory to be slotted as the documentation says (which is counter intuitive to the colors of the board). New PSU.
At this point I don't know where to turn. I simply want my memory to function at the 1066MHz advertised by Corsair. If someone reads this...let me know if I'm missing something.