Adding to Discontinued RAM

I'm wanting to add another two gigs of RAM to my existing setup, and since the specific GSkill sticks I'm using are no longer sold, I need to find a suitable replacement.

Here is my current RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231065

Here is my current motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130082


When running cpu-z, the timings are currently running at 5-5-5-15, which is (obviously) a looser timing than the RAM is rated.

Is it ok to add a single 2GB stick to the existing 1GB-per-stick pair that I'm using, or should I stay with another pair of 1GB sticks? (does it matter?)

I'm looking at these choices:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231087

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231121

Are either one of these ok, or do I need to keep searching?

Any help is much appreciated. :)
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  1. Plaid,

    I seem to be in a voltage-watching mode so I've been looking at that a lot. I'm not an expert on all things RAM, but have been reading the forums a lot while upgrading my system.

    I would look for RAM that most closely matches your current RAM in terms of voltage. It shows 2.0-2.1 but verify that on the mfg website. And check your motherboard settings now, see if you've changed that - if you haven't it might explain your less-than-specs performance. The 1st choice you listed shows 1.9-2.0, but if you're running 2.1V now on motherboard, then doing so with new RAM would be over-clocking it. If running 2.0 now, should be fine.

    As for adding a single stick, this would result in the loss of your dual-channel capability - again, to the best of my knowledge.

    I couldn't find your board on the MSI website. If you can find it, might post the link.
  2. Mongox said:
    Plaid,

    I seem to be in a voltage-watching mode so I've been looking at that a lot. I'm not an expert on all things RAM, but have been reading the forums a lot while upgrading my system.

    I would look for RAM that most closely matches your current RAM in terms of voltage. It shows 2.0-2.1 but verify that on the mfg website. And check your motherboard settings now, see if you've changed that - if you haven't it might explain your less-than-specs performance. The 1st choice you listed shows 1.9-2.0, but if you're running 2.1V now on motherboard, then doing so with new RAM would be over-clocking it. If running 2.0 now, should be fine.

    As for adding a single stick, this would result in the loss of your dual-channel capability - again, to the best of my knowledge.

    I couldn't find your board on the MSI website. If you can find it, might post the link.



    Thank you very much for your response! I couldn't initially find it on MSI's site, but eventually stumbled across it:

    http://www.msicomputer.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&prod_no=1141#

    Oh, and I haven't changed any voltage settings in the bios.
  3. First make sure you've got the plain P6N SLI and not one of the other versions. The link here shows you the choices and downloads.
    http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=searchresult&keywords=P6N+SLI&table=download

    If you're running now at 1.8V as the specs show the default, you might try changing it to 2.0 or 2.1 to test your current RAM. I think you'll find choices for only one RAM voltage setting, so again, what you choose determines what RAM you buy. I wouldn't only look at G. Skill, don't think it matters since the 2nd pair of slots only have to self-match - but definitely buy a matched pair of dual-channel. So if your current RAM runs best at 2.1V, then find RAM that likes that speed too - and doesn't want 1.9 or 2.2.

    Always download everything you can get from the MSI site on your board, including saving the main webpage (w/all files), any photos, downloads, etc.. Even if you don't intend to install any updates, it's good to have them. Never can tell when a site will stop showing all your want. Same with the pages and photos at the Egg site - although I just copy the specs from there, with the addr, into a txt file in Notepad. Keep everything in a special folder - for me it would be \Master\Motherboards\MSI_P6N
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