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Proper configuration 8 gb OCZ AMD ram on UD5P motherboard

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January 28, 2010 4:53:14 AM

Hi Folks-- I finally got my system up and running and need to properly configure my memory in the bios. My system:

Gigabyte UD5P 790FX mainboard
AMD 965, 125 watt
8 gig OCZ platinum AMD edition ram (7-7-7-24) 1.65 volts
2 Gigabyte 4890 OC in crossfire
300 gb Veolciraptor
HT Omega Claro +
Antec 900
Corsair 850 TX
Windows 7 (64 bit)
etc...

My system booted fine, windows 7 installed fine , and I have cpuZ downloaded. My bios reported the memory at 7-7-7-30 and the voltage at 1.60 volts. I did up the voltage to 1.65 volts, but did nothing else. CPUZ reported the modules running at 1.5 volts and a very low @550 MHz speed. Can I please get some advice on proper configuration of my 8 gigs for best performance--I do want to run all 4 sticks.
Thanks a lot.
a c 177 V Motherboard
January 28, 2010 12:08:06 PM

The low speed from CPU-Z is likely the 'raw' RAM speed - it's DDR2 - which means a transfer on both the rising and falling edge of the clock - hence, your 550 is likely 1100...
January 28, 2010 1:12:49 PM

DDR means a transfer on both the rising and falling edge of the clock ... the 2 has nothing to do with that fact. What I am confused about is what RAM the OP is actually using. Since when is DDR2 spec 1.65V (low voltage sticks are 1.8)? and why the heck is his system even booting at 1.5V? I did a google on "OCZ platinum AMD edition" and the only thing I could find to match that was

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr3_p...

DDR3?

/headscratch :heink: 

Aside from all that confusion, if CPU-Z is showing you 550MHz billbat is correct ... 1100 is your actually speed. Is it showing that you are running in dual-channel mode?

1100MHz is blistering fast for DDR2 (1200 is the limit without overclocking), so don't mess with anything as long as the system is working.

According to this document from Gigabyte

http://www.giga-byte.com/FileList/MemorySupport/mb_memo...

you shouldn't even be able to run 4 sticks of RAM at 1100MHz, so I honestly don't know what is going on.
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a c 177 V Motherboard
January 28, 2010 1:33:35 PM

Quote:
According to this document from Gigabyte

That was my first thought, too... I thought you were limited to two DIMMs at any speed appreciably past 800...
January 28, 2010 8:16:17 PM

Hi Folks and thanks for the responses.

I guess I wasn't clear enough. I have a Gigabyte MA790FXT AM3 board running 8 gigs of DDR3-1600 ram. OCZ3P1600LVAM4GK.

CPUZ shows 8192 Mbytes, Dual channel, Unganged, as well as this info:

DRAM Freq: @535.8 MHz
FSB:D RAM 3:8
CL: 7.0 clocks
tRDC:7 clocks
tRP: 7 clocks
tRAS: 16 clocks
tRC: 27 clocks
CR: 1T

On the SPD board, All voltages are at 1.5 volts and the frequency and timings range from 380 MHZ (5-5-5-12) for JEDEC 1 to 609 MHz (8-8-8-19) for JEDEC 4.

Why does the Max bandwidth say PC3-8500F (533 MHz) and a part # OCZ3P1600LVAM2G For each slot ???

Should I do anything else?

Thanks
a b V Motherboard
January 28, 2010 8:46:38 PM

It seems the problem is the FSB to RAM ratio. Try 1:1 and see what happens. (I'm not that familiar with AMD bios). In reference to the above posts: Its Double Data Rate (DDR) that requires the multiplication to get the actual speed.

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January 28, 2010 9:52:44 PM
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Gigabyte UD5P 790FX and 8 gig OCZ platinum AMD edition ram (7-7-7-24) 1.65 volts
is a long far cry from
Gigabyte MA790FXT AM3 and 8 gigs of DDR3-1600 ram. OCZ3P1600LVAM4GK

:non: 

lol ... anyways

under the MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.) tab
change the SET MEMORY CLOCK option to MANUAL
this will allow you to set the MEMORY CLOCK option to X8.00

that should reflect 1600MHz

then following the settings in this post by RoyOCZ ---> http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...

Understand that this may not go as well as you would like given that you are using 4 sticks ... motherboards get pretty tempermental about memory timings and such.

jsrudd is trying to help, but your BIOS settings don't work that way, and you might be tempted to play with CPU CLOCK RATIO when following his advice (seeing as it's the only thing on the page that has the word RATIO in it) this would be a bad thing.
January 30, 2010 5:11:19 PM

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January 30, 2010 5:25:37 PM

Hi DS nooks and others

I did set the mem clock to x8 reflecting 1600 mHz. The auto settings are now at 11-11-11-30. The system is stable with this config. I did try the timings 7-7-7-24-2T but the system was unstable.

I must be missing something on the CPU NB VID control. I was going to set this at 1.35 volts as the OCZ moderator "Roy" suggested, but I'm not sure how to do this. Although a voltage setting for CPU NB is given, there is no voltage listed for CPU NB VID ?? There is the ability to change this setting from "normal" to various incremental voltages above and below the normal setting but no actual voltage is listed.

Should I dial back the mem clock to achieve better timings? Should I allow the system to determine the timings based on the mem clock setting or use specific timings. Another user with this setup is using 6-6-6-18-2T at 1300 MHz. I wonder if this is the best that can be achieved with 4 sticks.

Thanks
January 31, 2010 12:27:56 AM

If you are interested in playing with the settings further (for whatever reason) I would suggest you start a thread at the forum I linked earlier, and a tech from OCZ will guide you with recommendations specifically tailored to your situation. I can't believe you have the system running at 1600MHz. Even with the timings dialed down so far, that's quite impressive with 4 sticks installed.
January 31, 2010 1:46:28 AM

dsnooks70 said:
If you are interested in playing with the settings further (for whatever reason) I would suggest you start a thread at the forum I linked earlier, and a tech from OCZ will guide you with recommendations specifically tailored to your situation. I can't believe you have the system running at 1600MHz. Even with the timings dialed down so far, that's quite impressive with 4 sticks installed.



ds--I will. Right now I'm running 1333 MHZ and 6-6-6-18 2T. After reading an informative article on AMD memory settings on an AM3 Gigabyte UD5P, there does not appear to be a lot of performance difference between tight timings at 1333, or loose timings at 1600; this appears to depend on the specific application.

We appear to have the same basic system.

Thanks again for your help
!