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1600mhz running @ 1333mhz

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October 9, 2010 8:14:35 PM

I'm sure there are multiple threads with the same question but being pretty "uncomfortable" with bio's settings i'm looking for some specific advice for my setup.

Just built a new build with the following specs for casual gaming and a bit of amature graphic design etc..

Specs:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
Mobo: GA-870A-UD3 870
RAM: Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-27) 1.7 - 1.9V (KHX1600C9D3K2/4G)
GPU: XFX HD 5770 1GB XXX Edition GDDR5

Basically my RAM is running at 1333mhz and i'd like to get the full potential of 1600mhz if possible. I know there is probably little to no performance upgrade but I paid a fair bit for this ram and would like to get the most out of it.

I don't have many plans to overclock as i'm using a couple of year old Corsair VX550 PSU and i'm not that bothered about reducing component lifespawn or risk frying something (As i'm a noob OC'er) for a relatively small performance upgrade.

Here's some CPU-Z info:



The RAM appears to be running at 9,9,9,24 1.5v when it seems to be 1.7v-1.9v sticks with a default of 9,9,9,27.
The MB is this one http://www.ebuyer.com/product/218937 there's a comment stating the board is revision 2.1 and should take upto 2000mhz but I have no idea how to check the board I received is rev2.1.

Long drawn out question I know and presumably there's no substitue for reading up and getting comfortable with bio's settings as after all i've bought a black edition chip and seems a shame no to try and squeeze 3.8ghz or something out of it.

I can take some pics of the bios settings if that helps.
Any advice appreciated thanks :) 
a b } Memory
October 9, 2010 8:59:50 PM

You will have to go into your BIOS and change the auto settings to manual. You know what you want to set them up as.
a b } Memory
October 9, 2010 9:34:45 PM

Look for DRAM Frequency in your Bios, raise it from 1333 to 1600mhz.



also make sure you manually adjust the voltage and change the timings, leaving those on AUTO may cause your system to crash..
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October 9, 2010 9:40:47 PM

Ahh I changed the DRAM to 1600hmz and it crashed but didn't change the timings/voltage... Will have a look cheers
October 9, 2010 9:51:32 PM

Hmm, everytime I try and make a change I either get a boot loop or BSOD... It's stable at 1333mhz think I will just leave it at that until i've done plenty of reading up.

Thanks for the help though :) 
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