GB Crush Posted October 26, 2005 Share Posted October 26, 2005 Call me old fashioned, but I like sitting through a forum post. I also have a lot of questions I want to shoot off. Anyway, here's the system I've currently got running: Shuttle SN25P (1) AMD Athlon64 3500+ (90nm/winchester core) 2x512MB XMS 3200XL nVidia 7800GTX (2) 1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB HDD 1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB HDD The memory is from lot# 0529083-5, by the way. (1) - I grabbed one when they first came outs. It's running the nforce4 plain-jane northbridge instead of the ultras they now seem to ship with. (2) - Yeah, it's a hot monster, but it actually fits. I also first ran into problems using a 6600GT, and have tested with both. Tests were run using Memtest 86+ v1.60 over several days. --- I've had RAM from *coughs* someone else go bad in this one (personally, I blame BF2 :D ). Well, I figured I made a mistake by straying from Corsair, so I went ahead and ordered a matched pair of XMS3200 pros as a replacement. Unfortunately, they tested 'bad' right out of the box. Not several thousand errors per minute bad, it's actually maybe like 100 per hour. I even seen it get through the first pass without any errors, but it'll always find them before the first hour is through. Errors appear at both the SPD 2-2-2-5 timings and the 2-2-2-7 I normally run at. I have the RAM voltage set to 2.8 since the next setting below is 2.7. --- Here's a couple of twists/tidbits: - While I was waiting for the ram to be delivered, I pulled the XMS-3200XL Pros I had running in my other rig (P4 2.4 Northwood@3.0 Ghz) and dropped them in. They worked. Or rather, they worked when I discovered the RAM voltage needed a little bump. No errors in testing. Settings at both 2-2-2-5 and 2-2-2-8. - After the non-Pro pair arrived and tested bad, I swapped memory again. The non-pros had no errors in the intel system. No booting problems. Can I assume that the intel northbridge is less picky about the memory than my A64? - I'm not sure I'd call it 'stable' though. It felt I had more crashing/lock-up issues than when I had the PRO sticks running in it. Of course, this happening mostly in a game environment, so maybe I'll chalk it up to crappy code. Not sure how else to 'benchmakr this'. - Since it seemed to 'work' that way, I decided I would run the swap for a longer period of time. Thiis turned up a number of issues, and I'm not so sure that the XLPROs were as stable as I thought. They ran fine for the first week or two. Then I started getting lockups. First in BF2, then later just in general, such as when playing an mp3, or surfing the web. Still no errors on memtest, but could this system slowly be 'shredding' whatever memory I put into it? - It does seem to point to a memory problem, only the last line of defense seemed to prove otherwise. I broke out my 'backup stick' a 512MB stick of 'value RAM with loose timings. It's run fine in my A64 system for 2 weeks + now. No errors, no lockups. I just can't do any heavy gaming with it. Thoughts? Oh, and I am worried a bit about temperatures in the SFF, especially with the GTX in it. Anyone know what the max system temperature range I should be running these modules at? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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