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Corsair DD3 Ram and Gigabyte MoBo

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September 26, 2010 12:50:11 PM

Hello,
I purchased the following
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.40GHz (Socket AM3)
Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMD4GX3M2A1600C9)
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H AMD 880G (Socket AM3) microATX DDR3 Motherboard
It turns out that this DDR3 Ram is tested for Intel boards and is not on the Gigabyte list.
I have made numerous attempts to build the system but the best I can do is just install one 2GB stick which runs at 133Mz. One time I actually managed two sticks in slots 3 and 4.
I had bought two 4Gb pairs to fill the four slots on the board.
Can anyone advise me or am I stuck with this.
The company I bought from refuse to exchange.
a b } Memory
September 26, 2010 7:14:04 PM

That ram should run fine on the board.
You have to adjust the ram for proper timings and voltages in the bios to the vendors specs found on the ram sticker.
I suspect you may have a faulty module.
Leave ram at mobo default settings for now.
Download Memtest86+ and burn iso image to disc.
Load the disc as bootable in bios
Test one module at a time testing each for errors
if you have lots you'll see them and have to rma the ram.

September 26, 2010 8:17:21 PM

Since my original post, I have managed to move on a bit.
I now have one stick in slot one and a stick in both 3 and 4.
However, when I put the final stick in slot 2, it will not post.
I will now try moving around the 3 sticks I have installed, as it is now looking like the remaining stick could be faulty.
The Ram is running at 133Mz instead of 1600Mz

I will not be able to try this until the morning. :sleep: 



I have memtest ready but previously was unable to boot.
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September 27, 2010 6:17:33 AM

I did Memtest on the 3 sticks and it reported no errors.
I then took the three out and tried the remaining single stick.
It would not boot in any of the four slots.
The best it did was in slot three when it got as far as starting Post when it hung.
It certainly looks like this single stick is faulty.
a b } Memory
September 27, 2010 1:21:58 PM

Pict said:
I did Memtest on the 3 sticks and it reported no errors.
I then took the three out and tried the remaining single stick.
It would not boot in any of the four slots.
The best it did was in slot three when it got as far as starting Post when it hung.
It certainly looks like this single stick is faulty.

Certainly sounds like it.
I'll assume all the dimms work fine otherwise and it's just the one faulty stick..
You have to rma ram in sets btw.

I had to rma one bad Corsair stick before( send two) and they told me they came in matched sets designated by serial number on the stickers.
Not the case in my situation all 4 sticks had the same serial numbers.
This may or may not be the case with your ram.
Pita it cost me $22 and 3 weeks to have all my ram again.
September 27, 2010 1:58:26 PM

davcon said:
Certainly sounds like it.
I'll assume all the dimms work fine otherwise and it's just the one faulty stick..
You have to rma ram in sets btw.

I had to rma one bad Corsair stick before( send two) and they told me they came in matched sets designated by serial number on the stickers.
Not the case in my situation all 4 sticks had the same serial numbers.
This may or may not be the case with your ram.
Pita it cost me $22 and 3 weeks to have all my ram again.


Yes the same applies here
It is two matched pairs so I will be returning one pair for exchange.
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