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Can bad RAM hold back a system that is being overclocked? I have tried as I might and I can't get my system over 3.3Ghz stable. That is the turbo setting for my motherboard, so I feel I should just turn turbo back on and run stock so it is at least stable. This is my last ditch effort in trying to find the problem. I have a 880GA-UD3H Motherboard and I am pretty sure I have at least one bad ram stick if not both of them. Plus the ram I have isn't the best so I was wondering if anyone has a decent suggestion under $75. Thanks.
post #2 of 15
No its not your ra, its your mother board. YOu cant OC a 1055t with a 4+1 phase mobo you need a 8+1 phase motherboard to do it, Return / exchange your Mobo for a better one
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post #3 of 15
Test the RAM with memtest to see if they are bad if you get an error test one stick at a time.
Yes, bad RAM or slow RAM can hold back an OC.

Edit: Looks like StuffStuff has the answer to your problem.
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post #4 of 15
You'll be fine if you add MOSFET heatsinks to that mobo
Usually with a 1055T it is generic 1333 CL9 RAM that holds things back; 1600Mhz RAM should be okay because at ~4Ghz the RAM multipliers line up so you can use x5.33 and be at around 1600Mhz
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So what do you think the problem is? I just installed the MOSFET cooling today. I had to get two packs of Enzotech MOS-C1's but it all has heatsinks. I have no clue this being my first overclock I get what I think is a stable overclock, which isn't more than 3.15 and it will run fine pass prime then it will randomly crash. I have started from the start and I can't quite get it down. I have read so many guides and everything sounds simple. I have found a couple things I was doing wrong but I have fixed those problems. This is noobie overclocker crying for help...haha
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Have you read my post?

So many people have damage there board from trying to overclock a 125W CPU on stock on a 140W phase system

Your getting a bad over clock because your board cant handle it
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post #7 of 15
StuffStuff1: The board is a quality low-RDS 4+1 VRM, around equal to the 890GPA-UD3H when cooled. I say it's fine for overclocking up to 1.475V. The main issue now is the RAM.
post #8 of 15
Ram can hold you back.
FOR EXAMPLE
Same system in my sig rig but I had a 1090T in it.
DDR3 1600 my FSB was 285 stable.
DDR3 2000 my fsb was 320 stable.
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i blew up an 890GPA at stock setting....
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Usually a quality 1600Mhz kit really won't bottleneck you or hold you back anym--

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i blew up an 890GPA at stock setting....
wait, WHAT!?
New thread, pics. Now.
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