RAM issues? but tests say otherwise...


I decided to grab some RAM while it was on sale to upgrade my computer (from 8 GB to 16 GB). After installing the RAM, my computer becomes unstable at times and eventually goes to the BSOD or just freezes. I did the Windows memory diagnostic a couple of times and it came back clean. I used memtest86+ last night and it came back clean. (I don't remember if it went for more than one pass or not. I ran it for more than 3 hours.)

The RAM I bought is the same brand and model as what I have been using since I built my PC earlier this year. I have tried pulling out the original RAM and directly replacing it with the new RAM and still have problems (to me, that says it isn't a mobo issue as far as the actual slots are concerned).

All I know is that when I put the new RAM in, my computer is unstable. When I take it out, everything returns to normal. I have changed the settings in my BIOS for this RAM in the past (meaning I changed the profile to XMB and made sure it was 1866 and the timings were correct--that represents my entire knowledge on RAM BIOS settings).

I'm going to run memtest86+ again tonight and make sure it does multiple passes, but I wanted to see if I could get some advice from you guys. I would hate to go through the RMA process if the RAM somehow isn't actually the problem.

I am more than willing to elaborate if needed. Thanks in advance!

My system:
-Intel Core i5-2500K (not OC'd yet)
-G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
-XFX Radeon HD 6870
-Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
-Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD
-Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
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    Hi, I would firstly clear the CMOS (unplug the power cord and remove the CMOS battery for few minutes), install all modules in pairs and test at default settings
  2. Thanks for your reply alexoiu.

    I ran the memtest86+ last night and this time it did come up with some errors. So it seems to me the RAM is the problem.
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