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I've always set my ram timings to AUTO (I know I know) but recently I tried to boot up my computer and it said "overclock failed". I went into the BIOS and it was setting my ram as 7-7-7-20 instead of the 9-9-9-24 it's supposed to be. Has anyone had this happen? Is this the reason for the instability? I manually changed the top four options back but I would like some input. Thanks!
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When the overclock fails it automatically resets the settings, atleast for some motherboards maybe thats the case for yours.
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Originally Posted by L3gacy View Post
When the overclock fails it automatically resets the settings, atleast for some motherboards maybe thats the case for yours.
I think what he's saying is that the reason for the failed overclock was the mobo setting the timings lower.

I've never seen this before.
However i think with some extra voltage you could get that 7 7 7 20 1T
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When the overclock fails it automatically resets the settings, atleast for some motherboards maybe thats the case for yours.
Thanks, none of the other settings were reset though. Another question, do you think I would see a bump in performance by changing out to Corsair Dominator? I see conflicting opinions on it... I know the Dominators are set to run at 8-8-8-24 but I'm wondering the difference in performance.
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Thanks, none of the other settings were reset though. Another question, do you think I would see a bump in performance by changing out to Corsair Dominator? I see conflicting opinions on it... I know the Dominators are set to run at 8-8-8-24 but I'm wondering the difference in performance.
Yeah they're probably a bit better but why don't you try to lower the timings of your current modules?
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Yeah they're probably a bit better but why don't you try to lower the timings of your current modules?
I'll try, I'm really new to this kind of thing. I'm running the ram at 1451 MHZ right now with 9-9-9-24 because of the multiplier I'm using. I guess I'll screw with it a bit more. Thanks for the help. I've also been told that it's harder on the memory controller to run 12 Gig and it's more difficult to get higher frequencies...
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I'll try, I'm really new to this kind of thing. I'm running the ram at 1451 MHZ right now with 9-9-9-24 because of the multiplier I'm using. I guess I'll screw with it a bit more. Thanks for the help. I've also been told that it's harder on the memory controller to run 12 Gig and it's more difficult to get higher frequencies...
Yeah, 6 modules really put the memory controller to work.
Try (in this order)
9-9-9-24 1T
8-9-8-20 1T
8-8-8-20 1T
7-8-7-18 1T
etc..

You can also try adding more voltage to gain stability, just check out what the max is for your ram. Also I'm an AMD guy so I'm not sure if lower timing > higher speed. It would be great if we could get an Intel guru in here.
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