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Old 02-14-2013, 03:14 PM
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Question CMZ8GX3M1A1600C9 (Alienware)

I recently bought Corsair Vengeance 1x8GB, DDR3, PC12800, CL9 (CMZ8GX3M1A1600C9). But I'm getting a BSOD every time I start my computer, when it's loading windows. I already tried moving the RAM card to another slot, but it still gave me a BSOD. The computer works fine with the old RAM. All the BIOS settings are on auto, and I read somewhere that increasing the voltage of the RAM might help, but it didn't. Updating the BIOS to the latest version didn't work either. I tested the RAM with memtest86 and it showed me 2 errors at test #5 (Block move, 80 moves) but the test passed. I attached a photo of the errors. Does anyone know what's causing the BSOD?

My other hardware:

Alienware Area-51 ALX
Intel Core i7-980x six core (3.33GHz, 6.4GT/s, 12MB cache)
Dual 2GB ATI Radeon HD 5970 (CrossfireX enabled)
1.5TB (2x750GB) Serial ATA Raid 0 (7200RPM) Dual HDD
Windows 7 Ultimate x64

And my old RAM:

Kingston HyperX DDR3 2GB, 1866MHz
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:50 PM
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That stick of memory is not compatible. The x58 chipset is limited to 4gig modules max. so thats why it's blue screening every time.

If you want 8 gigs it will have to be a 2 x 4gig kit.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:08 PM
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Oh of course.. I forgot to look at my chipset while checking for compability. I'll just exchange it for 2x 4gb sticks then.
Thanks for the quick reply!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:46 PM
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I would suggest purchasing a Triple channel set of modules and DO NOT mix memory that is asking for trouble.
Like CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 but only if you can enable XMP and you have a 64 Bit O.S.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:05 PM
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I noticed that CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 has exactly the same specifications as the one I bought, so I returned the other stick and ordered a triple channel set. Thanks again!
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