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June 26, 2012 1:35:52 AM

I currently have this ram in my computer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It's recognized in the BIOS as 1333 mhz, and when i try to bump it up using the automatic memory clock i can only get it to stay at 1600 mhz, it won't boot with the 1866 mhz under automatic memory clock. I know the ram I have has a Cas Latency 9, timing 9-10-9-28 and a voltage of 1.5V, can someone show me where to put these numbers in to get it to actually use the ram as the 1866 mhz? Also, my motherboard is a GA-970A-UD3 and I just updated my BIOS to the most recent version.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/594/20120625202341...

As I said earlier, I know what the timing is for my ram, I just don't know where to enter the numbers on there.

Thanks guys

EDIT:Accidently put my mobo link up, correct link to my ram is up now. A lot of other people have this issue too it looks like.
a c 139 } Memory
June 26, 2012 1:41:50 AM

What processor do you have? Bulldozer processors support up to DDR3-1866 memory at JEDEC voltage and timing specifications. Previous Phenom II based processors only support DDR3-1333 memory natively. Running DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 requires that the memory controller be overclocked and operation outside the marketed specifications is not guaranteed. It's possible that your processor is just a lemon.
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June 26, 2012 2:02:43 AM

I have an FX-4100 for a processor.
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a c 139 } Memory
June 26, 2012 2:29:21 AM

Okay, then it should work if you can put in the timings and voltage in properly.

Here is the PDF of the motherboard manual:

http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_g...

Prior to doing anything in the BIOS setup you should first check and see if there are any firmware updates available for the board. Most motheboard manufacturers significantly expand DRAM support after launch. Once that is done, go to page 33 of your motherboard manual (for reference)

Enter the following menus: "MB Intelligent Tweaker"

Scroll down to "Set Memory Clock" and set this to "Manual"

Set the "Memory Clock" to "1866" like you did before.

Next, enter "DRAM Configuration"

Set "DDR3 Timing Items" to "Manual"

Set the CAS Latency, RAS to CAS R/W Delay, Row Precharge Time, and Minimum RAS Active Time to the specified values. Leave everything else on Auto for now.

Go back to the previous menu and scroll down to DRAM Voltage Control. This should default to 1.5V but set it to 1.5 to be sure, maybe even 1.55 if you have more than 2 modules or a crappy PSU.

Good luck!
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June 26, 2012 2:37:51 AM

Thanks for the fast help pin, I'll do it tomorrow after work as I gotta get up early, I have 2 4 gb sticks, so should i do 1.55V? or stay with 1.5 until i go to 4 sticks?

Pinhedd said:
Okay, then it should work if you can put in the timings and voltage in properly.

Here is the PDF of the motherboard manual:

http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_g...

Prior to doing anything in the BIOS setup you should first check and see if there are any firmware updates available for the board. Most motheboard manufacturers significantly expand DRAM support after launch. Once that is done, go to page 33 of your motherboard manual (for reference)

Enter the following menus: "MB Intelligent Tweaker"

Scroll down to "Set Memory Clock" and set this to "Manual"

Set the "Memory Clock" to "1866" like you did before.

Next, enter "DRAM Configuration"

Set "DDR3 Timing Items" to "Manual"

Set the CAS Latency, RAS to CAS R/W Delay, Row Precharge Time, and Minimum RAS Active Time to the specified values. Leave everything else on Auto for now.

Go back to the previous menu and scroll down to DRAM Voltage Control. This should default to 1.5V but set it to 1.5 to be sure, maybe even 1.55 if you have more than 2 modules or a crappy PSU.

Good luck!

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June 26, 2012 2:39:56 AM

One last thing before i try it, I know CAS Latency is 9 for me, what are the RAS to CAS R/W Delay, Row Precharge Time, and Minimum RAS Active Time?
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a c 139 } Memory
June 26, 2012 2:41:40 AM

The JEDEC DDR3 standard is 1.5 volts +/- 5% which puts anything from 1.425 to 1.575 in the standard range. The DDR3 standard requres that modules be able to take up to 1.95 volts before incurring damage but Intel lists the maximum DDR3 voltage for their CPUs at 1.8 volts, I'm not sure what AMD has. Ergo, 1.5 is most desirable but try 1.55 if it's not perfectly stable.
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June 26, 2012 10:38:36 PM

Pin,

I put Cas Latency at 9, RAS to CAS R/W Delay at 10, Row Precharge time at 9, and Minimum RAS active time at 28. I believe these are the right timings as the RAM i have is 9-10-9-28. When I went to restart after saving these (voltage at 1.55V) my computer immediately restarted after trying to load Windows. Any ideas?
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a c 139 } Memory
June 26, 2012 10:43:27 PM

Try setting the command rate to 2T rather than 1T or Auto
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June 26, 2012 11:46:41 PM

The command rate was already at 2T, and still would not boot.
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a c 139 } Memory
June 27, 2012 12:19:07 AM

Try setting it to 1T?
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June 27, 2012 12:34:07 AM

Tried it with the command rate at 1T also, will not boot. After it says loading Windows it just restarts. I have the latest version of my BIOS too.
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a c 139 } Memory
June 27, 2012 12:39:43 AM

That's very strange, I really don't know where to go from here without being able to see it myself. If it runs fine at 1600 you should probably use that, the performance gains are negligible
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June 27, 2012 12:57:27 AM

Alright, I will just at 1600, what kind of gains would i see from going from 8 gb to 16 gb of ram?
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a c 139 } Memory
June 27, 2012 1:22:13 AM

Extra RAM is mostly used for disk caching, which will improve application responsiveness
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