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Setting Crucial Ballistix to correct voltages

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With the new RAM installed on my father's computer, I was browsing the forums and found that the recommended voltage for the Crucial Ballistix memory to be 2.2V

I haven't done anything to my father's computer yet, besides set it up and have it up and running for him to use for work. I was wondering if he would see a performance increase if he set the memory to the correct voltages? They are situated in slots 1 & 3 so is in dual-channel mode. Right now the 2x1GB DDR2 800 kit is rated at 4.8 in the Windows Experience Index; not too sure if it's out of 10, but if it is then a score of 4.8 is horrible.

He has an Abit-IP35E Motherboard with an E2160. Here is the picture of the BIOS screen.



Is it just as easy as setting "DDR 2 Voltage" to Manual, and choosing 2.2V? or would I need to do something else? Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 14
You don't notice differences in performance at stock speeds with voltages (unless you need to up to make stable) Just try to set it to about 2.18, and if it's not stable, then try to set to about 2.0 There are problems with them frying after periods of time with their "rated" voltage. Lower is better
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Well, if there are no differences at stock speeds, then should I just leave it on "auto"?

Also, you said I need to up the voltage to make it stable, and to set it at 2.18, but then you said if it's not stable at that voltage, to DROP the voltage to 2.0? I dont understand?
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post #4 of 14
i meant 2.20 I cannot type tonight. Sorry about the confusion. No, don't leave it on auto. set it manually and then you can forget about worry about it. set it to 2.18 with the rated timings, run memtest to see if it's stable. if it passes, then you're good to go. (it should pass)
The stable part,was if it's rated higher than ddr2800, but i checked later, and you stated it was. so don't worry about "uppping" th voltage. just set it to 2.18
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post #5 of 14
That the B09 beta bios?

I would set it to no more then 2.2vdimm, the crucial usually doesnot like high volts very much and thankfully doesnt need them. I am not sure what speeds it is setting at for auto and at what voltages.

I woiuld personally set the voltage to a value of say 2.0vdimm and set the memory to run at 1:1 and 5-5-5-15 or 4-4-4-12 at lower speeds and then run memtest for a couple of hours and see what happens. This will ensure the ram last a long time, but atleast they have a good rma department for for a work computer you dont want any issues.
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I havnt flashed the BIOS yet, so I'm still on the regular BIOS that it came with i.e. it still double boots but that's not a big deal. I haven't found a complete and credible step-by-step guide as to how to Flash the BIOS without all the technical jargon, and I don't want to risk damaging a motherboard that I just bought.

Other than that, as you can see in my BIOS, my clock speed is 204 with a multiplier of 9.

Instead of putting my DRAM speed to default, should I set it to 1:1, and then set the DDR2 Voltage to 2.18V and do 4-4-4-12 2T timings?
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post #7 of 14
yes.that is it exactly. then run memtest to see if you can get away with that voltage, if not, then bump it up to 2.0v
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post #8 of 14
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Alright, I went into my BIOS and I had absolutely no clue what I was doing; I felt lost.

4-4-4-12 2T

For each of those 5 values, do they pertain to? i.e. 2T=TRCD, what about the 4-4-4-12? which one is TRP, TRAS? etc?
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post #9 of 14
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Nevermind, I did a little bit of fishing around and found the information I needed. Now I just need to know if I did this right.

This is a picture of my voltages.


My voltages jumped from 2.0 to 2.05 to 2.10 to 2.20, so no setting of 2.18, so I just did 2.10

This is a picture of my timings.


Did I do everything correctly?
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post #10 of 14
Ha...I've got the same board and memory and am from Chesterfield. I would like to mess with my ram timings, and pretty much have the same questions as you pertaining the ram.
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