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March 3, 2006 12:14:56 AM

Hi there,
I know this topic has been covered 1000 times probably, but I still CAN NOT find a solution for my problem.

The problem: When I boot my computer, it's showing my ram speed as 667 MHz, 4-4-4-12 with 2T timing, Dual Channel Enabled. However, in CPU-Z and SiSoft Sandra, it it showing up as 168.7MHz. When I set the frequency to 533MHz, it shows the frequency as 133MHz in CPU-Z and SiSoft Sandra.

System Info: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X Matched Pairs 2x512MB DDR2.
I have the latest (0501) Bios for my Asus P5ND2-SLI motherboard. In the BIOS, I have disabled SpeedStep and Enhanced C1. I disabled all those N.O.S. overclocking options and set overclocking to MANUAL. I set my timings manually, 4-4-4-12-16-2T. My DRAM voltage is set manually to 1.9V. My FSB is set manually to 800MHz QDR. My DDR Frequency is set manually to 667MHz. This is a fresh system, I just bought it Sunday.

I don't understand why this is happening. I also noticed that if I set 1T instead of 2T, I get WORSE frame rates in Half Life 2. So I use 2T.

Some pictures:
Memory Information from Corsair:
http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/products/specs/twin2x1024-5400c4.pdf

SiSoft Memory Bandwidth test:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/sisoft2.jpg
*using 1T timing.. I use 2T timing now, and the results are lower obviously.. but for some reason I get less skipping in Half Life 2 by using 2T*

SiSoft Information:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/sisoft1.jpg

Bios frequencies before setting manually:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/bios2.jpg

Bios voltage before setting manually:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/?action=view¤t=bios3.jpg

Bios Memory Timings before setting manually:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/?action=view¤t=bios.jpg

CPU-Z SPD Info:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/?action=view¤t=cpu-5.jpg

Misc System info:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v319/Slawek/?action=view¤t=system.jpg

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March 3, 2006 12:49:47 PM

BUMP

Guys can you please help?
March 3, 2006 1:16:26 PM

There's a review of some Corsair XMS2 memory at madshrimps, and they have the same problem. No solution though.
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March 3, 2006 1:28:23 PM

so if i return this ram and get the OCZ equivalent I will have better results?
March 5, 2006 7:45:53 AM

Hmm.

166 * 4 = 666

133 * 4 = 533

Coincidence?

Nope.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_data_rate

FSB is "quad-pumped." Calling it a 533 MHz, 666 MHz, 800MHz, whatever, bus is a misnomer. Data is transfered 4 times per clock, so Intel likes to use this to call a 133 MHz bus 533 MHz, a 166 MHz one 666 MHz, etc etc.

In short, CPU-Z is right and there is no problem. That is the real clockrate at which your RAM is running.
March 5, 2006 10:45:19 AM

well w hy am i getting better performance out of 2T and not 1T? I get choppy HL2 with 1T
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