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Not sure if this is the right area but here goes.

I have an Intel E6600 CPU, currently at 3GHz,

and an Intel D97XBX2 Motherboard.

I just poped in some Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 ram but CPUZ only shows it up as PC2-6400.

Can some one help me clock these to the right speed? The only thing that I seem to be able to adjust is the Voltage which I have currently at 2V.

I'm not quite sure about the timings still kinda new at this.

Thanks for any help
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post #2 of 9
Well thre are a couple of problems.
1. Ballistix requires 2.2v in order to run at the specified speed and timings and it doesn't look like your board can provide 2.2v.
2. Even if your board could provide 2.2v to the ram you need to have the ability to change the divider on the ram which is the next step to getting your memory up to speed.

I don't know the specifics of your board but if it's as locked down as most Intel boards are then you are probably out luck unless you want to invest in a different mobo. Otherwise you are probably just going to be to be content with underclocked memory.
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raising the FSB overclocks memory... but also the rest of the system.
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Originally Posted by level42 View Post
Not sure if this is the right area but here goes.

I have an Intel E6600 CPU, currently at 3GHz,

and an Intel D97XBX2 Motherboard.

I just poped in some Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 ram but CPUZ only shows it up as PC2-6400.

Can some one help me clock these to the right speed? The only thing that I seem to be able to adjust is the Voltage which I have currently at 2V.

I'm not quite sure about the timings still kinda new at this.

Thanks for any help
First things first..... You asked why CPUZ shows the memory as PC2-6400 even though you bought PC2-8500. That is because there really isn't any PC2-8500 anywhere. The memory mfgs just overclock the best 6400 chips and put different spd on them and sell them as 8500. So that is what you are supposed to be seeing. They all look that way.

Next, the last Intel motherboard that we tried to adjust memory timings on, is now a piece of garden art outside my window by my computer. So I would not suggest trying to change those memory timings on any intel manufactured board. It will lock up and never talk to you again if you even go one notch too far in the wrong direction.

So, buy another motherboard and sell that one on ebay and you will be much better off in the long run.
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I can run my ballistix at 4-4-4-8 timings.
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Originally Posted by jph1589 View Post
First things first..... You asked why CPUZ shows the memory as PC2-6400 even though you bought PC2-8500. That is because there really isn't any PC2-8500 anywhere. The memory mfgs just overclock the best 6400 chips and put different spd on them and sell them as 8500. So that is what you are supposed to be seeing. They all look that way.

Next, the last Intel motherboard that we tried to adjust memory timings on, is now a piece of garden art outside my window by my computer. So I would not suggest trying to change those memory timings on any intel manufactured board. It will lock up and never talk to you again if you even go one notch too far in the wrong direction.

So, buy another motherboard and sell that one on ebay and you will be much better off in the long run.
Couldn't say it better myself!
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Hmm, well I clocked the ram to 2.2v and the timings are set to 4-4-4-8.

Seems stable ran OCCT and going to do Prime95 tonight ...

Topped out at 64C.

Still not showing up as PC2-8500. Any further ideas ?
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post #8 of 9
As jph said, it won't. Those memory modules are PC6400 with SPD to overclock them to PC8500 rating. If you have voltage and frequency set to rated levels and it's stable, you're good to go.
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Awsome ... thanks so much guys !
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