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Hi there,

I'd been having some issues overclocking my i7 950 on the asus psx58d Premium MOBO. I though it was just down to my inexperience in overclocking that i couldnt get passed 4ghz, in all honesty im pretty sure my experience or lack thereof has something to with it. However, I have been having some weird RAM issues too. CPU-Z recognises that i have 6gb of RAM but tells me that the RAM is running in a dual channel configuration, the BIOS only read 4gb as does the system information on the OS. Having searched the internet I found that many people have had this issue, a lot with the same MOBO as me. I tested all the RAM in slot A1 and the system booted. I tested all the RAM in slot B1 and it booted. When i tested each one of the RAM sticks in slot C1 it wouldnt boot. I assume it's not the RAM as i managed to boot all the sticks in A1 and B1. People had been talking about changing voltages for the mobo to recognise the RAM when overclocked. I returned everything to the stock settings and tried again. No Luck. Do the voltage changes apply to CPU's at stock settings too? I then found that many people had been attaching their cpu coolers too tight. I loosened my heatsink.....still no luck, I even tried a different aftermarket cooler as well as the stock intel cooler...nothing! At this stage I had disassembled my computer and set everything outside of the case, making sure nothing was shorting the board. Again nothing (sorry to be so boring!) I read further and people were talking about bent pins in the socket being the culprit so i uninstalled the CPU only to reveal some dodgy looking pins. I followed the installation instructions very closely and didn't touch the socket or really do anything to it at all other than dropping in the CPU. I cant understand why they look like they've been bent (this is something i probably missed in my initial installation due to this being my first build! I dont really want to get into bending the pins as i fear this may invalidate the warranty and i'm no electrical engineer. I'm pretty sure it's RMA time for the MOBO... just writing this thread to see if you guys would agree that it is the motherboard?
Edited by Tamo - 1/15/11 at 12:05pm
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or could it be the memory controller on the CPU? should I RMA them both?
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also, do you guys think i'm going to have issues with the RMA? Has anyone else RMA'd a MOBO with bent pins?
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just to clarify, i mean the pins in the 1366 socket were a bit bent. Not the actual CPU itself! Any advice chaps?
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Pictures of the bent pins?
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I had to fiddle with the heatsink/fan cooler tension 4 times to get C1 RAM slot to be recognized. i think 99 times out of a hundred socket pressure is the culprit with memory controller issues. If you still have the stock heatsink/fan try that and see if all of your RAM is recognized.
    
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Sorry I don't have a digital camera! Webcam is far to low res for pictures to be any good! Yeah i tried it with the stock cooler, still wouldn't boot or post from slot C1. I'm going to RMA the CPU and the MOBO, get it tested by the shop and see what they come up with. If they can boot from C1 then fair play, it must be something I've done wrong in my build. I just want to reduce the possible causes of this problem! That's why i'm sending the CPU back too, so they can be tested together!
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Hey, Firstly, The problems with only 4gb being recognised is 80% due to a Bent pin.(I had the same issue)

Each pin servers a purpose, And the pin for DDR slot (Whatever slot is faulty) Is probably bent/broken.

(By the way on 1366 boards ALL of the pins are bent to an angle)

If it is the slot nearest to the cpu socket, The bent pin is somewhere on the inside of the socket, in the middle(sorry cant remember anything else!)

It is possible its the cpu but i highly doubt it.


where did you buy them from? (Btw i am in the uk as well)
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post #9 of 17
Did you try all the rams?
Did you try C2 slot?
Or connect your memory to A2, B2, C2? Should also work.

If none of them works, RMA the motherboard.
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where did you buy them from? (Btw i am in the uk as well)
I bought from Ebuyer! One of the better companies i dealt with when ordering parts. I already had to RMA a BD-RW, and that was no problem. Hopefully it will be fine. Dont know what the turnaround time with be tho. I'm hoping it will be days rather than weeks.

I noticed all the pins in there were bent, I only really noticed because this pin was not uniform with the others. It looked different, like it had been pulled up a little and pushed to the side kind of.

I know its probably not the CPU, i would however go mental if i RMA'd the board, waited weeks and got a new one with the same issue! I know its not the RAM, I dont think its pressure on the cpu from the heatsink (having tried 3 of them, all in different orientations). It cant be the voltages because i tested everything @ stock. All fingers point to the mobo but as i'm not going to have my rig anyway, they may as well test the two.

With regards to trying the RAM in C2, yes, i have tried that. The mobo wont post from c2. when i put it in with the other rams running in dual channel the bios/os/everest/task mngr/system information, all read just 4gb.
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