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ASUS M5A88 V EVO : is it possible to use 32 GB RAM

Specification is :
4 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture

I am in search for components ; I wonder if is possible to use 4 x 8 GB = 32 GB RAM (maybe 2 x * 8 GB now, another 2 modules of 8 GB in future as upgrade)
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  1. As long as your running 64 bit Windows 7 or 8, then yes 32 should be possible. I have a feeling that the specs for that board were released before 8 GB sticks were really a viable option.
  2. Derek Adamson said:
    As long as your running 64 bit Windows 7 or 8, then yes 32 should be possible. I have a feeling that the specs for that board were released before 8 GB sticks were really a viable option.


    I hope that somebody had theopportunity to really try ; I have to choose memory (the mainboard is under purchase process yet).
    If I would know is possible, I would rather buy 2 x 8 GB now, and later maybe upgrade.
    If the 32 GB would proove not feasable, I would buy now only 2 x 4 GB

    Emma
  3. Like I said, as long as your OS is a 64 bit version, you should have no issues running 32 GB or RAM. The real question here though is why do you feel you need so much RAM?
  4. It 'should' be able to support a 4x8GB kit, the most updated QVL list has a couple 4x8GB kits listed and tested; see - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A88V_EVO/#support_QVL ; the latest QVL is linked to a generic AMD 4xDIMM document.

    For an absolute answer IMO contact ASUS Support. I've seen plenty of MOBO's support more RAM than the board's have specced, but I'm personally not going out on a limb and confirming 4x8GB support on the ASUS M5A88-V EVO. Any 64-bit CPU can certainly support 32GB and more RAM.
  5. Derek Adamson said:
    Like I said, as long as your OS is a 64 bit version, you should have no issues running 32 GB or RAM. The real question here though is why do you feel you need so much RAM?


    I do not know -- it seems that changing to 64 OS requires much larger RAM (now I use 1 GB with Athlon Barton +2500 / WinXP).
    I am afraid of getting to a slow machine.
    The MB has integrated video (AMD 880G) with Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB.
    I think of the MB for some years -- I hope the investment will last.
    I found Mushkin 1600mhz 2 x 8 GB / 10-10-10-27 at almost the same price as
    Corsair KIT 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600MHz DualChannel radiator Vengeance / CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 / 8-8-8-24

    I wonder also on beeing able to get better timing from the Mushkin -- I think that latency would somehow count.
    Meanwhile, it seems that the Mushkin is not on the QVL list -- I wonder if could be used.

    I am grateful for your advice,
    Emma
  6. jaquith said:
    It 'should' be able to support a 4x8GB kit, the most updated QVL list has a couple 4x8GB kits listed and tested; see - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A88V_EVO/#support_QVL ; the latest QVL is linked to a generic AMD 4xDIMM document.

    For an absolute answer IMO contact ASUS Support. I've seen plenty of MOBO's support more RAM than the board's have specced, but I'm personally not going out on a limb and confirming 4x8GB support on the ASUS M5A88-V EVO. Any 64-bit CPU can certainly support 32GB and more RAM.


    I tried to contact ASUS by the form on the site ; it did not finalize my registration, in a strange way.
    As a second solution, I sent a mail to become a registered "customer" of their support, in order to ask. Maybe they treat requests from 3rd world countries with less priority.
    So, I am bogged down.
  7. I typically get through pretty quickly to ASUS's MOBO support, but most of the time Tier 1 will simply read-off the specs and not really know the correct answer. For the correct answer you'll need to request Tier 2 and yep those guys know their stuff.
  8. Best answer
    I typically get through pretty quickly to ASUS's MOBO support, but most of the time Tier 1 will simply read-off the specs and not really know the correct answer. For the correct answer you'll need to request Tier 2 and yep those guys know their stuff.
  9. Your advice was very good ; I went trough the registration (maybe at my first attempt I made a mistake).
    I got response very quickly, and as I asked additional questions, I got even more detailed advice and further info, in a very professional way.
    I think will be better to go toward less memory (2 x 4 GB) with higher speed and better timing.
    Thank you again for your advice,
    Emma
  10. I confirmed by just taking a risk and buying the 32 GB Kit here is my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc_a0rtIEbo
  11. tezzly said:
    I confirmed by just taking a risk and buying the 32 GB Kit here is my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc_a0rtIEbo


    Thank you for sharing your experience with the MB ; it is very useful for all those having this MB and willing to install more RAM (maybe as upgrade).
    As a precaution, I will add that might be that not all memory modules would go so easily / maybe future ? BIOS upgrades will be available / maybe BIOS tuning is required for some memory modules.
    Emma
  12. tezzly said:
    I confirmed by just taking a risk and buying the 32 GB Kit here is my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc_a0rtIEbo


    Sorry, but the video seem to be unavailable.
    Emma
  13. Some 1600MHz 32GB RAM kits for the following chipsets & motherboards:

    890GX/880G

    - M4A88T-I Deluxe
    - M4A88T-M
    - M4A88T-M LE
    - M4A88T-M/USB3
    - M4A88T-V EVO
    - M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
    - M4A88TD-M
    - M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3
    - M4A88TD-M/USB3
    - M4A88TD-V EVO
    - M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
    - M4A89GTD PRO
    - M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
    - M5A88-M
    - M5A88-M EVO
    - M5A88-V EVO

    Tested Latency: 10-10-10-30-2N
    SPD Speed: 1333MHz
    RipjawsX - F3-12800CL10Q-32GBXL - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-12800cl10q-32gbxl

    Tested Latency: 10-10-10-30-2N
    SPD Speed: 1333MHz
    Ares - F3-1600C10Q-32GAO - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-1600c10q-32gao

    Tested Latency: 9-9-9-24-2N
    SPD Speed: 1600MHz
    Ares - F3-1600C9Q-32GAB - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-1600c9q-32gab

    Tested Latency: 9-9-9-24-2N
    SPD Speed: 1333MHz
    Sniper - F3-1600C9Q-32GSR - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-1600c9q-32gsr

    I like this ^ last kit the best. Why? Because its DIMM's SPD speed of 1333MHz should allow them to be backwards compatible with most AM3 processors and because their tested 9-9-9-24 timing (at 1600MHz) matches that of the 1600MHz D.O.C.P. in my M5A88-V EVO's BIOS (ver. 1801).

    As well their heat spreaders aren't so tall as to prevent the installation of a *decent-sized, downward-blowing, after-market CPU cooler (oriented so that it hovers over the VRM, not the RAM) which can then cool the all-important (and too often overlooked) Voltage Regulator Module (and to a degree, the north bridge too) as well as the CPU.

    *An affordable example:

    Thermaltake BigTyp Revo at DuckDuckGo
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Thermaltake+BigTyp+Revo

    Related:

    VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING AMD AM3 CPU's and RAM SPEEDS
    http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php/topic,2515.0.html

    About VRMs & Mosfets / Motherboard Safety with 125W+ TDP processors
    http://www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors
  14. MAXING OUT THE RAM ON AN ASUS M5A88-V EVO (BIOS 1801)

    Reasons to consider ECC RAM if one's motherboard and CPU supports it:

    "...As the graph above shows, ECC RAM has a much lower failure rate than non-ECC RAM. The ~1% failure rate of the Kingston non-ECC RAM is still very, very good (which is why we primarily use Kingston), but the ECC RAM is even better at an average .24% failure rate..."

    November 5, 2013
    Advantages of ECC Memory - Puget Custom Computers
    http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Advantages-of-ECC-Memory-520/

    The use of ECC RAM forms the first line of defence against bit-squatting:

    Defcon 19: Artem Dinaburg - Bit-squatting: DNS Hijacking Without Exploitation - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ8s1JwtNas

    10-26-2012
    Is ECC RAM worth it for a desktop PC?
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?74764-Is-ECC-RAM-worth-it-for-a-desktop-PC

    "...ECC support

    The information in an ECC memory is stored redundantly enough to correct single bit error per memory word. Hence, an ECC memory can support the scrubbing of the memory content. Namely, if the memory controller scans systematically through the memory, the single bit errors can be detected, the erroneous bit can be determined using the ECC checksum, and the corrected data can be written back to the memory.

    More detail

    It is important to check each memory location periodically, frequently enough, before multiple bit errors within the same word are too likely to occur, because the one bit errors can be corrected, but the multiple bit errors are not correctable, in the case of usual (as of 2008) ECC memory modules.

    In order to not disturb regular memory requests from the CPU and thus prevent decreasing performance, scrubbing is usually only done during idle periods. As the scrubbing consists of normal read and write operations, it may increase power consumption for the memory compared to non-scrubbing operation. Therefore, scrubbing is not performed continuously but periodically. For many servers, the scrub period can be configured in the BIOS setup program.

    The normal memory reads issued by the CPU or DMA devices are checked for ECC errors, but due to data locality reasons they can be confined to a small range of addresses and keeping other memory locations untouched for a very long time. These locations can become vulnerable to more than one soft error, while scrubbing ensures the checking of the whole memory within a guaranteed time.

    On some systems, not only the main memory (DRAM-based) is capable of scrubbing but also the CPU caches (SRAM-based). On most systems the scrubbing rates for both can be set independently. Because cache is much smaller than the main memory, the scrubbing for caches does not need to happen as frequently.

    Memory scrubbing increases reliability, therefore it can be classified as a RAS feature...."


    Memory scrubbing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_scrubbing

    From page 81 of the M5A88-V EVO manual:

    "...Note: The 'Super' ECC mode dynamically sets the DRAM scrub rate so all of memory is scrubbed in 8 hours."

    M5A88-V EVO user’s manual(English)
    http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A88-V_EVO/E6530_M5A88-V_EVO.zip

    --

    john@john ~ $ sudo dmidecode | grep Product
    [sudo] password for john:
    Product Name: System Product Name
    Product Name: M5A88-V EVO
    john@john ~ $


    --

    Being unable to find any evidence of 32 GB of ECC RAM working with an M5A88-V EVO, I choose to defer to the "Maximum Capacity: 16 GB" reported by the 'board's BIOS via sudo dmidecode -t memory even when there were only two DIMMs installed:

    2 non-ECC, KVR16N11S8/4 DIMMs

    john@john ~ $ sudo dmidecode -t memory
    [sudo] password for john:
    # dmidecode 2.12
    SMBIOS 2.5 present.

    Handle 0x0037, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: None
    Maximum Capacity: 16 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 4

    Handle 0x0039, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK0
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer0
    Serial Number: SerNum0
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum0
    Part Number: PartNum0

    Handle 0x003B, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: Unknown
    Data Width: Unknown
    Size: No Module Installed
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM1
    Bank Locator: BANK1
    Type: Unknown
    Type Detail: None
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer1
    Serial Number: SerNum1
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum1
    Part Number: PartNum1

    Handle 0x003D, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM2
    Bank Locator: BANK2
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer2
    Serial Number: SerNum2
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum2
    Part Number: PartNum2

    Handle 0x003F, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: Unknown
    Data Width: Unknown
    Size: No Module Installed
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM3
    Bank Locator: BANK3
    Type: Unknown
    Type Detail: None
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer3
    Serial Number: SerNum3
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum3
    Part Number: PartNum3

    john@john ~ $


    In particular staying with a maximum of 16GB of RAM on the M5A88-V EVO, for the sake of assuring proper ECC functionality, is a good idea in view of the 13 BIOS updates this 'board received http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A88V_EVO/HelpDesk_Download/ (most of which bore the description "Improve system stability" that I interpret as meaning 'solved RAM problems') which were aimed at achieving system stability within the context of a maximum of 16GB of RAM.

    4 ECC, KVR16E11S8/4 DIMMs

    john@john ~ $ sudo dmidecode -t memory
    [sudo] password for john:
    # dmidecode 2.12
    SMBIOS 2.5 present.

    Handle 0x0037, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    Maximum Capacity: 16 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 4

    Handle 0x0039, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK0
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer0
    Serial Number: SerNum0
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum0
    Part Number: PartNum0

    Handle 0x003B, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM1
    Bank Locator: BANK1
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer1
    Serial Number: SerNum1
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum1
    Part Number: PartNum1

    Handle 0x003D, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM2
    Bank Locator: BANK2
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer2
    Serial Number: SerNum2
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum2
    Part Number: PartNum2

    Handle 0x003F, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM3
    Bank Locator: BANK3
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer3
    Serial Number: SerNum3
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum3
    Part Number: PartNum3

    john@john ~ $


    As can be seen from the output of sudo dmidecode | grep Product and sudo dmidecode -t memory above, four of the following 4GB ECC DIMMS work with an M5A88-V EVO (BIOS 1801):

    4GB Module - DDR3 1600MHz
    Part Number: KVR16E11S8/4
    Specs: DDR3, 1600MHz, ECC, CL11, 1R, X8, 1.5V, Unbuffered, DIMM
    http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR16E11S8_4.pdf

    KVR16E11S8/4
    http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/?partid=KVR16E11S8/4

    TIP: To get these DIMMs (and the non-ECC KVR16N11S8/4 DIMMs they replaced & which now reside on a GA-990XA-UD3 (rev. 1.x)) to show a speed of 1600 MHz I had to go into the BIOS setup and manually set the RAM to 1333 MHz, 9-9-9-24 or 8-8-8-24 (either of these timings works). If I left the BIOS RAM setting on Auto (target RAM speed of 1600 MHz, 11-11-11-28) or if I used a D.O.C.P. of 1600 MHz, 9-9-9-24 then sudo dmidecode -t memory would report the RAM speed as being only 667 MHz.

    And the reason why may have something to do with what Tradesman1 shared in the following thread:

    "Glad you said 'supposed' to, despite all the early advertising that the FX CPUs run DRAM 'native' at 1866, if you check AMD's own BIOS and Kernel Programming Guide, these MC (memory controllers) and CPUs are truly native 1333. The mutliplier on them was raised so they could handle 1866 out of the box, which reduced their OC ability to about 1GHz (a good 8350 can go from it;'s box 4 GHz to about 5GHz, Intel 3570K typically can go from 3.4 to about 4.8 or higher)....after I and many others went after AMD they changed the advertising to better reflect that that the FX's (and many lower end can't even run 1866) iin particular the 8350, 8150, 8320, etc are rated to run UP TO 1866 AT 1 STICK PER CHANNEL, that's 2 sticks total (and testing was done with 4 GB sticks which is 8GB total....so to keep them stable some need no additional voltage at all, but most need a bit of a boost to either/or the DRAM itself or the MC (memory controller) voltage, typically called CPU/NB... This is also why as more slots are populated i.e. running 4 sticks, the rated freq drops to 1600 and then to 1333, the MCs true 'native' freq... see the link below

    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/ddr3memoryfrequencyguide.aspx "


    Can't run memory at 1866mhz - RAM - Memory
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1720598/run-memory-1866mhz.html

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    The DDR3 32GB ECC RAM kit which Kingston recommends for current (usually Asus) AM3+ motherboards which support ECC RAM:

    32GB Kit (4x8GB) - DDR3 1600MHz
    Part Number: KVR16E11K4/32
    Specs: DDR3, 1600MHz, ECC, CL11, X8, 1.5V, Unbuffered, DIMM, 240-pin
    http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR16E11K4_32.pdf

    Memory Search | Options
    http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/options/

    --

    DDR3 memory frequency guide
    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/ddr3memoryfrequencyguide.aspx
  15. Thank you for the information you shared,
    Emma
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