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post #1 of 10
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Just got two kits of 4GB (2x2GB) G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600. I popped 'em in, set the speed (1600MHz), timings (7-8-7-24) and voltage (1.6V) but it ain't havin' it.

First off, when I put in the speed, underneath where it says "actual speed" it says like ~1560MHz. Other than that, it either won't post or will just sit on one prolonged beep without posting until I force a restart.

Ideas? Bad RAM? Thought I'd get the opinion of the board before I settle down for a memtest.

RAM is replacing the Trident in the sig rig.
post #2 of 10
i would guess its a bad set of ram try running some tests on it through bios?
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I don't think you've got a bad kit. But this problem is kinda hard to solve.
Test just 1 kit (2GB), in all slots, in case of no results, do the same with the other kit.
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@BadAss: What tests did you have in mind?

@vsmith: What am I testing, exactly? That all the slots work? Motherboard can't handle 8GB? Had a similar problem before when I tried to go with 8GBs. Well it may not have been similar, but I know I had a problem and upgraded to 2000MHz.
post #5 of 10
Sorry, i thought you were not able to turn on your pc cause your sticks wasn't working.
try reducing the frequency to 1333, or 1066
it's weird, cause motherboard adjusts everything on memory for a perfect boot.
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Yeah, I should've prefaced by saying I'm running the 8GB, all accounted for right now, at only 1333MHz with the correct timings. But I want 1600, dammit! I paid for it!
post #7 of 10
i have heard a lot of problems with ripjaws with compatibility, so they may just not be compatible with your board.

try using an ubuntu liveCD and using the ramtest, see if that sees a problem. make sure you have the latest bios update, check if there are any new drivers for any of your mobo stuff.
post #8 of 10
yeah, i agree with you.
So, try raising you mem voltage to 1.65V, and put the 1666 frequency.
Warning: don't go further 1.65, it may damage your CPU.
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post #9 of 10
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When I do memtest I plan to just use memtest, don't have Ubuntu anything laying around.

Mobo drivers are completely updated (haven't been for awhile, now, what with LGA775 being defunct essentially). Latest BIOS as well. And the memory compatability list for my mobo is from April '08, so I never check it.

I'll try bumping up the voltage, wish me luck.

EDIT: HOLY MARTHA. Nothing. Same results. Wouldn't post, would just hang on a black screen with my monitor toggling from analog to digital trying to find a signal. No post beep either. Lame. Guess I'm left with faulty RAM? I'll memtest in a couple hours.
Edited by CasanovaFly - 2/22/11 at 5:36pm
post #10 of 10
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13 hours of memtest later, no errors. Oh boy, here we go.

Any ideas?
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