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G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Timings? First time adjusting RAM in BIOS

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July 28, 2014 11:14:00 PM

What settings should I adjust with the DRAM in BIOS to get the best performance with this build? At the moment, it says it's set to DDR3-1600 (1:6). Is is a simple matter of setting both of them to 1866 MHz? The standard rating for this kind of Memory in both slots? Or is something more needed to be done along with it before I start using my PC?

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Dual Superclocked ACX Video Card
Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor
Keyboard: Logitech K360 Wireless Standard Keyboard
Speakers: Logitech Z506 155W 5.1ch Speakers
Other: Rosewill RDCR-11004 5.25" 2 Port USB 3.0 / 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub / eSATA Multi-in-1 Internal Card Reader w/ USB3.0 Connector

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July 28, 2014 11:20:03 PM

well, there isnt really any reason to overclock RAM, but if you really want to, then set both sticks to 1866 and try to boot. if you boot, run a RAM stress test, like the blend test on Prime95 or some other program. if you get any errors, then go into bios, and increase voltage by a tiny amount, like 0.05 volts, and try again. repeat up to 1.65 total volts. if that doesnt work, then set the timings of both sticks up 1 for the first 3 timings, and up 3 for the last timing (I think). and if it still doesnt work, then you simply cant overclock the RAM.
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July 28, 2014 11:23:41 PM

Make sure you have the latest BIOS, go in and see if you can enable XMP and if it supports 1866, if not will have to drop to 1600 and maybe set the timings manually - I think the Pro accepts XMP through 1866 though.
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July 29, 2014 12:07:29 AM

The UEFI version BIOS is using now is H97 Pro4 P1.20, don't know if that's the latest or not, but I'll find out for myself soon enough.

I don't know if XMP is enabled or not, never found a option to enable it, but I think it is on since both Memory sticks say XMP 1.3 in the SPD Ext. Box. I can set the frequency to 1866 MHz under the XMP 1 or XMP 2 tab of the DRAM Tweaker, however I don't think I can adjust the voltage in increments that small. All options for those read out as 1.50 V, and when adjusting the DRAM Voltage under the Voltage Configuration Tab, I can only increase or decrease in .050 increments. Like 1.500V, 1.550V, 1.600V and so on.

If Overclocking the RAM is really not at all necessary, then perhaps it should be left alone all together? I'm mostly going to play Minecraft and Modpacks like FTB Monster, Voltz, etc... Maybe some TF2 and other games on the side, but other then that, no need to Overclock the RAM in this case?
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a b } Memory
July 29, 2014 12:10:03 AM

overclocking it will give you ~-1-1 fps difference.
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July 29, 2014 12:35:20 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
overclocking it will give you ~-1-1 fps difference.


That settles it then. Wow, XD
Thanks.
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a b } Memory
July 29, 2014 12:36:17 AM

no problem :) 
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