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Cant get my Ram to 1600Mhz never mind 2000MHz CMT6GX3M3A2000C8


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Hello all


first of all id like to say is im no pro at PC.s so be nice :o: i might not understand what you are talkng about when it comes to the(BIOS) settings


I've recently upgraded the memory on my Alienware Aurora from 3GB of 1067 MHz RAM to 6 GB of 1600 MHz RAM (Corsair CMT6GX3M3A2000C8 Dominator GT )


The memory runs fine at 1333 Mhz, but when I enable XMP to get to 1600 MHz, the computer will POST but then crash when starting windows (Windows 7 64 bit)


I'm thinking at this point that I'll probably need to manually overclock the memory rather than use XMP.... when i did it still crashes but maybe im doing it wrong.


Am I missing something? Do I need to do something other than enabling XMP to get 1600 MHz?


I've got the X58 motherboard (A09 BIOS) and the manual says that 1600 MHz ram is a supported option, so this should work fine as far as I can tell.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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The mobo might "support" overclocking but that does not mean that all of your PC components will operate at a higher frequency than the OE specs by the CPU maker. In your case Intel officially supports triple channel RAM speeds up to 1066 MHz.


Your RAM is currently running overclocked at 1333 MHz. XMP profiles are not guaranteed to work - they are a best guess. Many people have better luck with manual BIOS settings.


The quote below is from the Intel XMP website:




"Δ Warning: Altering clock frequency and/or voltage may: (i) reduce system stability and useful life of the system, processor and other system components; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the processor beyond its specifications. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of other system components beyond their industry standard specifications. Intel assumes no responsibility that the processor and other system components, including if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose. "


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The Corsair RAM that you purchased has been tested to run stable at 1600 MHz. You may or may not be able to come up with BIOS settings that will allow you to run the RAM at 1600 MHz. depending on the CPU/Mobo/RAM relationship. If they play nice then 1600 MHz. may be achievable but there is no guarantee.


If you want to try overclocking the RAM higher, the link below may be of interest. See my signature also.



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