Could it be that tighter settings cause the damage weak chip to fail?
Also since a few days whenever I try to install something I get error 1335 - corrupt cab file.
Tried all the solutions on web, even system restore, but no joy - only thing I did not try was a new RAM - so it would support fault RAM theory too.
I've tried few installs again with 4GB but no joy, same problem. This tells me
1) Software has been corrupted when copied on system with 2GB faulty memory stick
2) Other stick start to fail too.
To support (2) now I recall that when tried boot with single chip, only 1 stick gave successful boot each time, 1 stick would not boot few times and 1 was totally faulty.
So yeah, I'm even more keen now to RMA whole kit, get money back and buy Corsair.
I just hope this has totally nothing to do with a mobo...
One more question - which Corsair 3x2GB 1600Mhz kit would you recommend out of the list?
Considering my i7 OC I'm interested in stable CL7 @1600...
I have a bizarre problem and pretty sure now it is bad RAM, but before RMA I thought I will ask you what do you think as I know there were others with similar problem.
But - first things first - here's promised rig's pic:
(I wish there was black noctua
Now the problem.
My RAM is OCZ Reaper 3x2GB 1866 CL8 (black PCB, Elpida chips). I was stable until yesterday @4.2, 1.288v load, 0.96v idle (Offset 0.03125), RAM 1.60v, 1603Mhz, CL9.
Last night I've started to push the RAM, first CL8, later CL7.
Few runs in Everest, Vantage made me happy and I've called it a day.
This morning I've reduced IOH/ICH to 1.25, QPI/DRAM to 1.23 and fired Prime95 Blend x8, after 10min blue screen.
After restart couldn't get to BIOS - it hanged on the logo and few restarts later system would not power on at all.
I've removed battery, restarted default and.... only 4GB RAM.
I've had such boot once before, but it was only once and after reboot 6GB, no problems.
So quick google to find out people with similar problems - some had bent pins, overtighten screws, shortings, BIOS - wasn't case for me.
Tried and tried and tried boot with various settings - no joy, 4GB.
Weirdly enough, Everest shows all 3 stick but only 4GB active.
So tried to boot with 1 stick at a time in first slot.
Eventually turned out system wouldn't boot with 1 particular stick, with 2 others, no problems.
So I'm pretty sure now it is bad RAM and plan to RMA on Monday and order something else - but before I do that - what are your thoughts guys?
If you can afford the GT, by all means get it, but it isn't necessary....which is pretty much what xmisery was saying in the first place
Amazon.com has the C7 Dominators for real cheap right now....its where I got mine...not sure if you need UK info though.
And yes, the failed reaper stick? Welcome to the wonderful world of OCZ + Elpida. I had three (yes three) sets of OCZ elpida memory fail on me, all within 6 months. And it happened exactly as described by you. I don'tknow if I can necessarily fault OCZ because all memory manufacturers got hit by the bad elpidas, but it comes down to which company do you want to depend on to give you your warranty support, and right now OCZ is much more interested in SSD tech than memory.
Edited by BlackDragon24 - 3/7/10 at 7:27am