Months ago, I kept receiving BSODs on the first minute of windows start up. I reinstalled windows, and the BSOD happened during windows installation. I then used memtest and found one of the sticks to give me errors. I took it out of the rig, and the system was fine and stopped receiving BSODs. The system is still running fine and BSOD free, but I am on 4GB of RAM, instead of 8 because one stick went bad.
However, I was wondering if this was a motherboard problem that made the stick have errors. The RAM has a XMP feature and I never updated my motherboard's bios or got the XMP update with the motherboard. I was wondering if the RAM's errors is because of that or if it is just a dud.
The RAM is not on my motherboard's QVL list. I was wondering if I should RMA this RAM, if this problem won't happen again or if I should get a new pair of RAM that is on my motherboard's QVL list. Thanks.
Do I have to enable XMP when I use these? I found I am not the only person with this problem. I read customer reviews in newegg and found many people complain that the RAM gave them BSODs also. Somehow, the RAM has 5 stars on it because many people gave it good feedback, but a considerable amount gave it 1 or 2 stars because it gave them BSODs like me.
I was thinking to buy Corsair memory for 53 bucks if it's not worth the hassle of RMAing. I hate waiting for those, if it will take more than 2 weeks. I have read buyer feedback on newegg and people said the RAM has BSOD problems, and this RAM does not seem like very reliable RAM. What do you think? I will RMA this anyway, but I will use this Corsair for reliable RAM, so I don't have to encounter these problems in the future. I will end up with 16GB of RAM because I will use 2 kits together, I only need 8, but 16 is fine.