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Wrong timings for my ram? Need urgent help!

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October 30, 2006 2:59:25 PM

Hello everyone

My MOBO is from Gygabyte: GA K8N PRO-SLI
I had 2 modules of 512mb 3200@2,5-4-4-8 from Kingmax and I wanted to buy another 2 modules in order to make 2gb of ram. I did not want to spend to much money on it because i plan to buy a new rig next summer.

So i went to buy some ram but I could not find Kingmax memory and i found 2 modules from Kingston @ 2,5-3-3-7.
I put the memory in the slots and it works, but when i used CPU-Z to check for timings it shows what it seems to me some conflicting timings:
When I click on the "Memory" tab in CPU-Z it shows:
Frequency 160,8mhz, 2,5-3-3-7
When I click on the "SPD" tab for the kingmax memory it shows 2,5-4-4-8 and for the Kingston memory 2,5-3-3-8
The modules are put like this: In the slots 1 and 2 the Kingmax memory and in the slots 3 and 4 the Kingston memory

Please advice

Thanks
October 30, 2006 5:07:11 PM

Sounds like everything is working fine. The Memory info seems right. SPD info is just the suggested timing info recorded in the DIMM's onboard non-volatile memory, not what the DIMM is actually running at.
You may find this helpful: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...
October 30, 2006 5:32:29 PM

Quote:
Sounds like everything is working fine. The Memory info seems right. SPD info is just the suggested timing info recorded in the DIMM's onboard non-volatile memory, not what the DIMM is actually running at.
You may find this helpful: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...


Thanks for the advice but i tried the modules individually by brand and when I put the ram, either from Kingmax or Kingston in the "Memory" tab CPU-Z shows that it is working at 200Mhz and not 160.8Mhz when I have all 4 modules.
Does this mean that my memory works at a lower frequencywith all 4 modules in place?
Is there another software like CPU-Z that I can use to check my Ram

Thanks again
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October 30, 2006 5:38:26 PM

My Advice: stop freaking out about it.

Question - why is this so "URGENT"? Someone's life hanging in the balance? Millions of dollars riding on the outcome? Got a bet of a billion dollars on it?

PUH-LEASE - this is so trivial, I'm amazed I'm actually replying. I need a life - no doubt - BUT YOU NEED ONE A LOT MORE!
October 30, 2006 5:40:20 PM

Quote:
Sounds like everything is working fine. The Memory info seems right. SPD info is just the suggested timing info recorded in the DIMM's onboard non-volatile memory, not what the DIMM is actually running at.
You may find this helpful: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam...


Thanks for the advice but i tried the modules individually by brand and when I put the ram, either from Kingmax or Kingston in the "Memory" tab CPU-Z shows that it is working at 200Mhz and not 160.8Mhz when I have all 4 modules.
Does this mean that my memory works at a lower frequencywith all 4 modules in place?
Is there another software like CPU-Z that I can use to check my Ram

Thanks again

It's quite normal: very few mobos can run stable @200MHz with 4 DIMMs installed due to the increased bus lenght. Try raising manually the clock up to 200MHz, also raising the command rate to 2T, but nothing is garanteed with 4 DIMMs.
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