ASUS motherboard underclocking Kingston memory

Hello everyone!

My ASUS mobo underclocks RAM CL7 1600 to CL9 1333. After I had contacted Kingston for help, they told me that the RAMs aren´t licensed for ASUS and nothing else, which is weird, because my mobo supports speeds up to 2133 MHz, but Kingston does not list any other HyperX RAMs than Blu 1600 CL9. The other problem is when I force them to 7-8-7-20 and 1600 MHz, I sometimes get BSODs and Windows 7 blames it on RAM.
So any suggestions?

Cheers W.ut
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  1. My first inclination would be to loosen the timings. Try them at the timings Kingston lists them at or you can try 9-9-9-27 or even 10-10-10-30.
    My $0.02 worth
  2. There was no problem with booting the PC on 1333 Mhz 9-9-9-24, however there would be no point running mid-range RAMs on low timings. I have been looking through reviews, and this site had CPU-Z stats. I will post mine compared to theirs.
  3. What are the rest of your PC specs? Does your MOBO not support XMP?
  4. MB: Asus M5A97
    CPU: 3,9GHz (stock 3,3Ghz) AMD FX-6100
    RAM: 8GB Kingston 1600MHz CL7 Lim. Ed.
    PSU: 600W LC POWER 2.3 Ed.

    It does, but I think I got OCMP disabled, which btw configures the profiles. If everything is left on AUTO, default settings are 9-9-9-24 1333MHz.
  5. I do not know what OCMP is, you do not have the option to go from auto to an XMP profile?
  6. I will try enabling OCMP and see what it does, but I do not think it will recognize the XMP profile correctly since the RAMs are not certified for M5A97 mobo.
  7. I took a look in your manual, set the AI Overclock Tuner to D.O.C.P. and then you should get a DRAM O.C. Profile option which should include a DDR3-1600Mhz setting, which should set it properly for your RAM. I don't think RAM needs to be "certified" for a MOBO for XMP/D.O.C.P. to work.

    BTW I did not know what the AMD equivalent for XMP was, looks like it is this D.O.C.P., or DRAM O.C. Profile.
  8. Yeah DOCP was DRAM profiling. So the profile is set, nevertheless I still think my MB gets the timings wrong. For example command rate is 2T(N) but the guys from the review had it 1T(N). Screened the whole messing around with UEFI, I will upload them here.
  9. Well, I am not too familiar with RAM timings and such, or the command rate, but the few seconds of research I did led me to believe that the command rate can be toggled by the user, it's just not all RAM will operate correctly at 1T. I would guess the DOCP automatically sets it to 2T, it sounds like the difference is relatively minor, but as I said, I am not too familiar with the topic.
  10. Funny thing is, that the XMP timings are identical to my forced settings = BSODs lurking around.
  11. So you are still getting BSOD's with it set to the DOCP? The command rate was 2T as well?
  12. It happened from time to time in different games, so I could not track the certain conditions for them. They may reappear after some time.
  13. I mean after changing to the DRAM profile for DDR3 1600 or have you not gotten to test it yet.
  14. Nope, its New Years Eve here, nobody got time for benchmarking. :D
  15. Hahah didn't need benchmarks I just wanted to know if you were still BSODing, have a happy holiday and please post your results when you can!
  16. I was only BSODing after long gaming sessions or movie rendering, that was real pain in the ass, crashing in the middle of 30 min render. It never really happened, while browsing the net or other minor actions. And happy holiday to you too!
  17. I did benchmarking in GTA 4, there was no problem, but after 15 mins of playing got BSOD. Here is a link for the .dmp file: .
  18. After gazillion years of troubleshooting, it seems like two RAM sticks were faulty. I will probably get them RMAed.
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