Rivergoat Posted January 28, 2013 Share Posted January 28, 2013 OK, new to this forum. Here's the scoop. Last April I had to build a new box as my old ASUS board simply gave out. I got some new components, including a new ASUS board (don't ask me to remember the model now...bear with me), and the above mentioned DDR3. I had multiple issues with ASUS causing 5 mobos over 4 separate RMAs. When I went through the last debacle (one DIMM slot failed, and on-board sound failed) I gave up (forever) on ASUS, selling the returned RMA board cheaply to a local party, and went with the Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H (that board just had to be RMA'ed as well due to a failing PCIe x16 slot, but the replacement board has been fine so far). With the Gigabyte board I could never make the DDR3 run stable at 1600MHz; if I set XMP profile, the system would recognize 1600, but whether 5 minutes or 5 hours it would most certainly freeze up and eventually restart itself. I tried various timing tweaks (OK, I may not know them all...), but nothing helped. It ran OK at a standard 1.5v and 1333MHz, although after I changed mobos due to the above mentioned PCIe failure, I had a couple of immediate shut downs on boot (I know CPU had sufficient thermal stuff on it), and then started working OK...so it seemed. After 2.5 hours the system rebooted itself (this was with no XMP profile enabled). Having become overly tired of all this mess (for months) and various RMAs, I opted to put in Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1333C9 instead. I've an i5 2500/Sandy Bridge. Corsair says this RAM was designed for the Sandy, so what the heck. So far, rock stable. Hoping it stays that way. I'm not gaming, overclocking is not a major concern to me, I doubt I could see the 1600 difference anyway on such RAM. So......despite running MemTest with no errors, could the original 1600 have been unstable, or just didn't get the right set of tweaks? I'm more curious than anything, as with the 1333 installed, if everything remains stable, I'm good with it. Just thought I'd throw it out there. My full system config is in my profile, but you're welcome to ask about any specific configs (it is running Win7/64 bit). Sorry for a long winded first post...I see a lot of folks with varying stability errors, thought I'd jump in the pool..... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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