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Odd Corsair Vengeance memory problem

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September 1, 2013 12:22:47 PM

I was playing World of Warcraft the other day, and then my computer suddenly BSOD'ed and refused to want to login through normal means afterwards. Logging in through Safe Mode is no problem...until something more intensive happens. But it gets weirder.

After getting some help from a friend, he pulled my sticks and I slotted his one 4GB stick in one slot, tried it, and it worked. Tried the other slot, same thing. He's also scanning my sticks with his machine and he hasn't so far had a single problem, so that rules out a motherboard problem as far as I know.

So my final question is this: Is there something wrong maybe with my settings for my RAM? Or is it something else?

Shoot, setup. Right:

M/B: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 (rev. 3)

CPU: AMD FX-6400 Six-Core

RAM: (formerly) Corsair Vengeance
4x2, 1866MHz; (currently) PDP Systems 1333MHz, 4GB

GPU: GeForce GTX 650

And yes, I performed memtests on my problem sticks and it said there was an error of some kind. Also, to rule out software, I reinstalled Win7 clean, partitions and all.

EDIT: To rule out compatibility issues, this setup has been running uninterrupted otherwise for five months. Weird how it would suddenly choose to fall over and seize after five months for no real reason.
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a b } Memory
September 1, 2013 12:27:42 PM

Can you enable the XMP setting for your RAM in your BIOS? That's usually the fastest RAM settings that are guaranteed to work.
September 1, 2013 12:29:32 PM

17seconds said:
Can you enable the XMP setting for your RAM in your BIOS? That's usually the fastest RAM settings that are guaranteed to work.


Possibly. I don't mess with the engine typically because of my fear of breaking something, but I'll have to take a peek. If anything, I have all the timing and frequency numbers if I have to do it manually.
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a b } Memory
September 1, 2013 1:18:43 PM

Kevan Shatkowski said:
17seconds said:
Can you enable the XMP setting for your RAM in your BIOS? That's usually the fastest RAM settings that are guaranteed to work.


Possibly. I don't mess with the engine typically because of my fear of breaking something, but I'll have to take a peek. If anything, I have all the timing and frequency numbers if I have to do it manually.


I'm not sure what you mean by "messing with the engine", but adjusting the BIOS is mandatory when installing XMP memory. Enabling XMP is the no-brainer, guaranteed way of getting your settings correct per the manufacturer's specifications.
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September 1, 2013 2:25:35 PM

Not sure what your friend has, but if he has a stronger CPU (AMD or Intel) it may be as simple as a voltage problem, try going into the BIOS and setting the DRAM voltage up + 0.06 higher than it is currently - i.e. if now at 1.5 set to 1.55
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