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Help Me Obi-Wan: Ram Mismatch Question

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April 20, 2010 4:20:37 AM

I'm a noob when it comes to RAM specs, need help:

I have a Dell OptiPlex 755, 4 slots on Mobo. Two slots are each filled with 1GB DDR2-6400 non-ECC, and the timings are 6-6-6-15 according to memtest86+.

Today I tried to put two OCZ 512mb's in slots 3 & 4, and the Dell freaked out. The timings are 4-5-4-15. I assume that mixing the two different timings cause the Freak. By "Freak", I mean that the Mobo did an alarm sound and wouldn't even attempt to load to the BIOS.

BTW, I did run the Dell with the OCZ only and it was fine and passed MemTest, so the ram is OK.

So I'm on the hunt for ram for slots 3 & 4. The QUESTION: do I have to find ram with identical timings? Would 6-6-6-12 work along side of 6-6-6-15 ram? I see the 6-6-6-12 a lot on Fleabay.

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April 20, 2010 1:14:01 PM

Try with the OCZ RAM and set it in BIOS to 6-6-6-15, save the new configuration and then put the other RAM in.
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April 21, 2010 5:07:21 AM

The Dell BIOS offers ZERO memory manipulation (this is a business PC used for software development). I did download the latest BIOS hoping they added it, but no go.

BTW, I was wrong, the existing Dell (Hynix) ram is 6-6-6-18. SO, to add more ram, does it have to be exactly 6-6-6-18?
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April 21, 2010 6:16:20 AM

Yep... Specs have to be the same... Ram has to run at exactly 6-6-6-18 for stability sake...
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April 21, 2010 6:40:43 AM

Better the very same brand and make.
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April 21, 2010 7:11:07 AM

Best answer selected by paulieDC.
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April 21, 2010 7:11:08 AM

chefboyeb said:
Yep... Specs have to be the same... Ram has to run at exactly 6-6-6-18 for stability sake...


Thanks!! That's all I needed to know!
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