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PC3500 ram showing up as PC3200

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December 4, 2004 6:16:06 PM

I bought another gig of Kingston Hyperx PC3500 ram (2x512) for my computer, and for some reason CPU-Z shows it as PC3200. The original dimms appear as PC3500, but the new ones don't. I'm running them at 2.5-2-3-5, 2.75V. Any thoughts? I have an MSI 865PE mobo.
December 4, 2004 6:22:03 PM

I should also note I can't get Sandra to run the memory benchmark either. Says windows is out of resources, even after a restart.
December 4, 2004 6:31:25 PM

That is because you are running at stock speed. You have to overclock to reach that speed, otherwise, stock is it.

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December 4, 2004 6:37:11 PM

That wouldn't explain why the first two dimms show up as pc3500 and the next two dimms show up as pc3200, would it?
December 4, 2004 6:41:04 PM

There is no way one set of dimms are running at different speeds or timings than another on same system.

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December 4, 2004 6:44:46 PM

I know. I got Sandra 2005 now, and it ran the memory benchmark and also identified the suspect ram as PC3200. I'm thinking I just got PC3200 ram in PC3500 clothing...
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December 4, 2004 11:22:13 PM

Most PC3500, PC3700, and PC4000 is labled "PC3200" in SPD simply to provide the best compatability with the BIOS of various motherboards. In other words, it's PC3500 in PC3200 clothing, as far as the system is concerned.

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December 5, 2004 3:44:37 AM

Kingston has changed the chips it's using to make the newer HyperX. You won't get the same chips as your original set, hence the SPD could well be different too. Most DDR-400 and up all shows up as PC3200 anyway in the ID column. Bump thy voltage to 2.8v Vdimm on thine MSI board and fret no more!

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December 8, 2004 6:27:10 PM

Thanks all, you have allayed my concerns...
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