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DDR3 1600 RAM messing up i7 2600k Sandybridge???

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November 22, 2011 4:34:34 PM

Hey guys. So let me sum up my problem real quick:

I bought Corsair DDR3 1600 RAM to go along with my Intel i7 2600k Sandybridge, after reading on here that it would work. My mobo is the Gigabye GA- p67 UD4- B3 LGA 1155

A few weeks after building my computer, I started getting random blue screens. Sometimes it will work fine for a few hours and sometimes i have to restart it every 5 minutes.

I just called Intel and they told me that their processor cannot work with DDR3 1600 RAM, due to the processor being the controller and the RAM is too fast or whatever.

The guy told me to buy new RAM that is 1333 1.5v and try it out, and if it still did not work he would send me a new processor, however I really do not have the money or time to do that. I run a recording studio and I am up the creek without a paddle right now.

Anyways, he mentioned something about overclocking that would potentially work, however silence is paramount due to the recording, and its not like I need it any faster. Plus, I have NO idea how to overclock and need this computer to last a long time before breaking. Truthfully, I don't want to void my warranty either and am just scared.

I am not trying to provoke some argument on whether overclocking hurts or does not hurt your computer, I just want to know if any of you guys would maybe be able to help me out here with a solution. I would really really REALLY appreciate any suggestions, that would also not hurt my computer.

Thank you guys so much for the help and I really appreciate it
a c 128 } Memory
November 22, 2011 4:56:47 PM

What BS. All you need to do is set the speed manually at 1333 and 1.5v. That should take care of your bluescreens. If you still have the issue, try each stick one at a time in dimm slot one and run memtest to check for errors.
November 22, 2011 5:20:25 PM

o1die said:
What BS. All you need to do is set the speed manually at 1333 and 1.5v. That should take care of your bluescreens. If you still have the issue, try each stick one at a time in dimm slot one and run memtest to check for errors.


Hey man. Thanks for the help. It currently says I am running at 1333 and 1.5v in bios, which is why I am confused. This is all stock settings I did not change anything :/  I should take out each stick of ram and run the windows mem test to see which is broken? What makes you think it is the RAM and not the CPU. I am down to try anything as long as it helps me fix this freekin thing. Thanks so much for giving me time to help out though man i really do appreciate it
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a c 128 } Memory
November 22, 2011 5:31:59 PM

Cpu failure is about one in a thousand; ram fails much more often. This stuff is very sensitive to esd; electrostatic static discharge. Maybe one in ten folks wear esd straps when handling the motherboard, cpus, or ram. I had to be strapped in at all times when I handled components at dell. I've worked there several times. Good luck.
November 22, 2011 6:18:24 PM

I am currently using 16GB Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 RAM 1600Mhz @1.5v.(CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B) with an i7 2600k processor. You mixed up some of what the man said, but you are close enough. Anyway, this is a common issue in the forums. You couldn't set the speed to 1333Mhz manually, because it is already set by default at 1333Mhz@1.5v. Are you sure that the kit is not a 1.65v kit set at default to 1.5v? Please, double check the RAM itself and/or the packaging? The answer here(if you chose compatible RAM on the list) is to make sure your RAM is in the correct slots and manually set the speed from 1333Mhz to 1600Mhz. You are seeing 1333Mhz, because Sandy Bridge was originally tested to run at speeds up to and including 1333Mhz. Higher speeds were tested by some manufacturers to be compatible and added later. The only problem here is that not all 1600Mhz and higher kits have been tested to be compatible. If your kit is one of the tested 1.5v kits, that is on the corsair compatibility list for your board, it should work fine at 1600Mhz, unless it's faulty. If you are sure that you chose a compatible kit from the list, then do a memtest of the sticks one by one. If you manually set the speed and it still doesn't work, then it's more likely that the RAM is faulty and not the CPU. That is, if you handled your components correctly. Always take care to discharge static before touching your mainboard, CPU, RAM, hard drives and graphic card, and keep your clothes from touching the components as well.

Here are my specs.
Please note. The RAM was working well before and after overclocking. OC'ing is not necessary to use 1600Mhz RAM@1.5v
Intel i7 2600K @4.2Ghz
AsusP8Z68-V Pro/Gen3
16GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 1600Mhz RAM @1.5v
HAF X RC-942 black full sized tower
Corsair HX1050
Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler
1x 240Gb OCZ Vertex 3 Sata 600
1x 1TB WD Caviar Black WDFAEX1002
LG SuperMulti Blue BH10LS30
Scythe Kaze Master Pro fan control KM03-BK
2x MSI n580GTX Lightning sli
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


Edit. Here are the compatible corsair 8GB and 16Gb kits for your board. Corsair guarantees it's tested kits to be compatible.

CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
DDR3-1600 (XMS3-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CML8GX3M2A1600C9
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance LP-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T



CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T

CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CMX16GX3M4A1600C9
DDR3-1600 (XMS3-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
16GB (4 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance LP-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
16GB (4 x 4GB)*
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
16GB (4 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T
November 22, 2011 8:15:19 PM

jik771971 said:
I am currently using 16GB Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 RAM 1600Mhz @1.5v.(CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B) with an i7 2600k processor. You mixed up some of what the man said, but you are close enough. Anyway, this is a common issue in the forums. You couldn't set the speed to 1333Mhz manually, because it is already set by default at 1333Mhz. The answer here is to make sure your RAM is in the correct slots and manually set the speed from 1333Mhz to 1600Mhz, if you bought a compatible kit on the list. You are seeing 1333Mhz, because Sandy Bridge was originally tested to run at speeds up to and including 1333Mhz. Higher speeds were tested by some manufacturers to be compatible and added later. The only problem here is that not all 1600Mhz and higher kits have been tested to be compatible. If your kit is one of the tested 1.5v kits from corsair, that is on the corsair compatibility list for your board, it should work fine at 1600Mhz, unless it's faulty. At that point test the sticks one by one and please include the kit product number, when you come back. Then I can tell you for sure, if you bought the right kit or not. If you manually set the speed and it still doesn't work, then it's more likely that the RAM is faulty and not the CPU, that is, if you handled them correctly. Always take care to discharge static before touching your mainboard, CPU, RAM, hard drives and graphic card, and keep your clothes from touching the components as well.

Here are my specs.
Please note. The RAM was working well before and after overclocking. OC'ing is not necessary to use 1600Mhz RAM@1.5v
Intel i7 2600K @4.2Ghz
AsusP8Z68-V Pro/Gen3
16GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 1600Mhz RAM @1.5v
HAF X RC-942 black full sized tower
Corsair HX1050
Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler
1x 240Gb OCZ Vertex 3 Sata 600
1x 1TB WD Caviar Black WDFAEX1002
LG SuperMulti Blue BH10LS30
Scythe Kaze Master Pro fan control KM03-BK
2x MSI n580GTX Lightning sli
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


Edit. Here are the compatible corsair 8GB and 16Gb kits for your board. Corsair guarantees it's tested kits to be compatible.

CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
DDR3-1600 (XMS3-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CML8GX3M2A1600C9
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance LP-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T



CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T

CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CMX16GX3M4A1600C9
DDR3-1600 (XMS3-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
16GB (4 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T



CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance LP-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
16GB (4 x 4GB)*
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T


CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
DDR3-1600 (Vengeance-9-9-9-24*1.5v) Dual Channel
16GB (4 x 4GB)
1.5v
9-9-9-24-2T



Thanks a ton for the response my friend. I just went through each stick, putting them in the same slot each time to see if any of them worked. Each time the computer froze, for every single stick. This has me thinking one of two things. Either the slot I used on the motherboard is broken, (I am going to try them all in a different slot now) or something else is up that has to do with the cpu. In summation, each stick alone still has freezes. It is highly unlikely they are all broken. Three times it occured almost immediately after opening up a browser and searching, and the other freeze was on the log in screen. The model number I have is one that you listed, Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9. I was relatively careful to mind the whole static thing and touch metal before touching the components. I am still unsure what you mean however, to change the MHz in the bios? What do you mean by that? THanks so much for your help man
a c 128 } Memory
November 22, 2011 8:30:50 PM

I think you're on to something about the board being the problem. Only thing left is to check the bios file and flash if a newer file is available. As you said, I doubt all the ram sticks are bad. I'm very surprised they don't work with your board.
November 22, 2011 8:34:53 PM

o1die said:
I think you're on to something about the board being the problem. Only thing left is to check the bios file and flash if a newer file is available. As you said, I doubt all the ram sticks are bad. I'm very surprised they don't work with your board.


I just turned on X.M.P mode and it went to Profile 1. It then changed my RAM freq to 1600. Do you think this will help? If so, why would it possibly help? My RAM cant run at 1333?
November 22, 2011 8:42:09 PM

So far, turning on this X.M.P mode has caused my computer to not crash thus far! I may be jinxing it, but it was freezing every 3 seconds before. Now it seems to be okay for the time being??? If This freezes, I am going to turn it off and then continue to test the second port on my motherboard for the RAM. If that one works, I can conclude the first port for RAM on my mobo is busted. If it does not, I will continue on to the other two. If the other two dont work, I will conclude it is my CPU that is busted. However if it does work, then my motherboard has a few busted ports and needs to be fixed. Now my question is, since X.M.P mode is on, should I enable any other settings to make sure that I dont mess up my computer. I dont know if this is overclocking or not, but I want it all to run smoothly. Thanks guys and so far so good!!!

a c 128 } Memory
November 22, 2011 8:46:34 PM

Run memtest and even prime 95 separately. There may be nothing wrong with your board, just a wrong bios setting. If the tests pass, leave the settings alone and run it.
November 22, 2011 8:56:35 PM

You should be heading in the right direction now. Mainboards don't always use the correct default settings to accomodate this RAM. It occurs quite often, that you will have to make some minor manual adjustments yourself. That does not mean that the board is defective. It just means that the board's default settings accomodate the more popularly used set ups. If it's running well now, don't change anything else. If you experience any problems, come back to the forum. Another thing you should know. Some boards require you to use certain slots, according to how many sticks of RAM you are using. That slot may not be broken. It may just be the wrong slot. The mainboard's manual usually explains that. Check and see if that's the case 1st before determining that the board is broken.
November 22, 2011 9:09:40 PM

jik771971 said:
You should be heading in the right direction now. Mainboards don't always use the correct default settings to accomodate this RAM. It occurs quite often, that you will have to make some minor manual adjustments yourself. That does not mean that the board is defective. It just means that the board's default settings accomodate the more popularly used set ups. If it's running well now, don't change anything else. If you experience any problems, come back to the forum.


Thanks for all the help guys. Hopefully I won't be back!!!
November 22, 2011 9:20:13 PM

I googled your manual. So, according to your manual, your slots are numbered as 2,1,4,3. You should be using slots 1 and 3. From left to right that would be the 2nd slot from the left and 4th slot, and you are welcome.
November 22, 2011 9:21:30 PM

I have 4 sticks of RAM though?
November 22, 2011 9:27:41 PM

I meant, if you want to test them one by one. Then you should be using those slots. At this point, if your system is still running well now, I don't think you will have any more problems with the RAM. It just needed to be manually adjusted to 1600 Mhz.
November 22, 2011 9:30:25 PM

jik771971 said:
I meant, if you want to test them one by one. Then you should be using those slots. At this point, if your system is still running well now, I don't think you will have any more problems with the RAM. The speed just needed to be manually adjusted to 1600 Mhz.


Great man thanks again. Just one last quick question for my own education. Is this an uncommon situation where it could not be left at 1333? Like would it work for some people and for whatever reason just not for me? Because there are times when my computer would work for weeks on the same settings, and just now started to blue screen which i thought was odd
November 23, 2011 12:15:24 AM

This is common. Quite a few people in this forum ran into the same issue. It's not really a problem either. If this is the only issue that you see, then nothing is wrong with the board or the RAM. It has to do with the default settings of the board being set to 1333Mhz. This is why default settings can be changed when necessary. Some boards(like mine) even warn you about needing to change the settings if you are using 1600Mhz and higher RAM. Sometimes, they even tell you how to correct it, if it happens.
November 27, 2011 11:05:50 PM

I'm having the exact same problem. Every time I try to play Battlefield 3, or even sometimes just browsing the Battlelog.net website, I get a BSOD error saying, "a clock interrupt was not received by a secondary processor within the allocated time interval." I'm running an i7 2600k on an ASUS p8p67-M Pro with 16gb of Vengence RAM @ 1600mzh (4GB / stick filling up all 4 RAM slots). This was my first PC build, so needing to change settings (in the BIOS I'm guessing?) has me somewhat flustered.
December 11, 2011 8:44:13 PM

leftfielder21 said:
I'm having the exact same problem. Every time I try to play Battlefield 3, or even sometimes just browsing the Battlelog.net website, I get a BSOD error saying, "a clock interrupt was not received by a secondary processor within the allocated time interval." I'm running an i7 2600k on an ASUS p8p67-M Pro with 16gb of Vengence RAM @ 1600mzh (4GB / stick filling up all 4 RAM slots). This was my first PC build, so needing to change settings (in the BIOS I'm guessing?) has me somewhat flustered.


I am having this exact same issue.

i7-2700k
16GB G.Skill RipJawsX w/XMP
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