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G.skill Ripjaw 1600 with MSI GD70? Please help!

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May 14, 2010 8:50:20 PM

Hello,

I just posted about my new computer upgrade I'm purchasing but am conflicted on one last thing, the memory.

I am Getting the following for sure:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am looking to get 4gb (2x2gb) probably G.Skill. However, I am conflicted between these two sets:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1600mhz cl 7-8-7-24

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1333mhz cl 8-8-8-21

I would prefer the better times and faster speed of the first set, but am not sure if its comparable with my system. The second set will work just fine for me, but I will only get it if the first set doesnt work.

The first set is designed for intel, but as far as I can tell many MSI GD70 users have no problems running them at stock timings. However, I dont know if this requires me to update to the most recent bios, a tricky business when you dont have a floppy drive. Any ideas or input? Anyone here running this ram with this mobo?
May 14, 2010 8:55:50 PM

The DDR3 1333 will run at stock setting without adjustment in your BIOS.

The DDR3 1600 (better option IMO) will run with manual adjustments in your BIOS to DRAM Voltage, MHz & Timings at stated speeds. These are easy adjustments that can be made by reading through your BIOS information in your MOBO manual. You will not need to update your BIOS for the RAM to work at stated speeds.
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May 14, 2010 9:00:44 PM

Get the 1600 one (and good choice btw). Change the dram clock multiplier to 8.00x in your bios and you're set. Hardly an adjustment :) .

The whole "designed for intel" is just marketing terms for it's already pre-set for intel boards. But all you do is change a few numbers and you're set.
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May 14, 2010 9:19:44 PM

fastx21 said:
Get the 1600 one (and good choice btw). Change the dram clock multiplier to 8.00x in your bios and you're set. Hardly an adjustment :) .

The whole "designed for intel" is just marketing terms for it's already pre-set for intel boards. But all you do is change a few numbers and you're set.


So you guys think it should work fine? Many of the AMD users in the customer review section said it would not post with their mobos due to compatibility issues. However, two of the customer reviewers stated that they were using a GD70 for their AMD and had no problems. I would hate to have to rma.
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May 14, 2010 10:23:06 PM

I wouldn't worry about those Newegg reviews. Those are likely just people who don't understand how to set the memory correctly in the BIOS.
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May 14, 2010 10:28:17 PM

People said the samething about my Gigabyte 790xta-ud4 and those g.skill memory problems.


Yet I'm typing right now..........
I haven't played with it much but right now it's at 8-8-8-24 (recommended from g.skill) and 8.00x @ 1.65v.
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May 15, 2010 1:39:08 AM

stonedzen said:
Hello,

I just posted about my new computer upgrade I'm purchasing but am conflicted on one last thing, the memory.

I am Getting the following for sure:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am looking to get 4gb (2x2gb) probably G.Skill. However, I am conflicted between these two sets:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1600mhz cl 7-8-7-24

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1333mhz cl 8-8-8-21

I would prefer the better times and faster speed of the first set, but am not sure if its comparable with my system. The second set will work just fine for me, but I will only get it if the first set doesnt work.

The first set is designed for intel, but as far as I can tell many MSI GD70 users have no problems running them at stock timings. However, I dont know if this requires me to update to the most recent bios, a tricky business when you dont have a floppy drive. Any ideas or input? Anyone here running this ram with this mobo?


AMD desktop motherboards support standard desktop memory. Standard desktop memory works in both AMD and Intel motherboards. There is no compatiblity issue.

When people say something didn't boot, it's because one or more of the components are defective. OCZ for example used to program some of its memory to boot at speeds that weren't stable at default voltage. Most motherboard manufacturers now use nonstandard default voltage (1.55 or 1.58V instead of 1.50V on DDR3) simply because their customers complained of a motherboard compatiblity issue. Obviously, that RAM was programmed improperly, so it was defective.

The G.Skill memory you're looking at will boot at slower frequencies and timings, allowing you to enter BIOS and overclock the RAM. The full rating (DDR3-1600 CAS 7) is an overclock that uses 1.65V for added stability.
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May 15, 2010 4:31:11 AM

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