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    Default RAM for P35-DS4

    Hi. I own a GA-P35-DS4 (ver 2.1, the one that supports 1200 (OC) memory), Intel Quadcore Q6600, and was thinking about installing Vista on my computer. Right now I run 2 PC6400 OCZ DDR2 1 gig RAM sticks (=2 gigs), and I would be looking to upgrade to 4 gigs.

    I would like to buy 2x2gig sticks. I was thinking about purchasing the Corsair Dominator PC8500 1066 2x2gig kit, but I've read a lot of stories of people who had problems, both with the RAM, and with the new setup using this (and other 1066) RAM with the P35-DS4. Some have suggested tweaking with voltage and other settings, but I'm a novice in this and other overclocking techniques.

    Does anyone have this same motherboard and run some variety of 1066 ram on it with good stability? Or the better question - should I even bother using 1066 (PC8500) sticks and just stick to 800 (PC6400) sticks?

    Note: stock CPU cooler, but my case has 4 fans.

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    Default Re: RAM for P35-DS4

    1066 + will work fine in that board, and yes you will have to make some changes to timings and voltages in the BIOS for 2x2GB, with any board

    I can help you out with all of that when you get your 2x2 ram so no need to worry there

    800 and 1066 is not that much of a difference, and 1066 ram is actually only 800 ram with looser timings. So you would pretty much be better of getting 800. Unless you really want 1066, then get some. You will only see a difference when you benchmark, not in actual system performance


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    Last edited by Lsdmeasap; 12-01-2008 at 02:15 PM.

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    LSD - Thanks a lot! This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.

    As you suggested, I am going to buy a pair of Mushkins: Newegg.com - mushkin XP ASCENT w/ eVCI technology 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory. I'll report back once I get them + Vista.

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    Default Re: RAM for P35-DS4

    Glad I could be of help!

    You may have a tough time with those eVCI heatsinks, but I have heard they will fit.

    Let us know how you get along

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    Well - the RAM is here! As I mentioned earlier, it's a 2x2 gig set of Mushkin XP PC6400 DDR2 ram. Is there anything I should do now prior to installing them on the P35-DS4? What about after I put them on the motherboard?

    I only ask now just in case I can't log back onto my computer again.

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    You should be very happy with that ram i use the 8500 version of same memory eVCI on my GA-X48-DS4 board suggested by Lsdmeasap and could not be happier on Vista 64 the only thing i noticed with Mushkin it likes LESS voltages mine at 1110 2.05.Old corsair wanted 2.10 by default to post.GL Gigabyte makes a great product.
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    Yes, Mushkin Likes lower voltages then spec'd. And often performs better that way as well.

    You should be fine, just set the voltages and timings in the BIOS, and shut down and put in the new sticks. You will need to add some MCH voltage for 2x2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Yes, Mushkin Likes lower voltages then spec'd. And often performs better that way as well.

    You should be fine, just set the voltages and timings in the BIOS, and shut down and put in the new sticks. You will need to add some MCH voltage for 2x2
    I'm not quite familiar with how to do that. I mean, I understand the concept abstractly as described by my manual, but do you have any suggestions/figures that would run stable with my motherboard/setup? That is, what would be good voltages? I guess I'll set my times to 4-4-4-12.

    EDIT: I noticed that the option to manually configure my voltage and clock settings for RAM have disappeared on my bios. Odd. I'll look more into this.
    REEDIT: NVM, I just read about the CTRL+F1 "hidden" menu in BIOS. I would still love final help with what to adjust the voltages and whatnot to, if you could spare the time.
    Last edited by FloppySpatula; 09-13-2008 at 03:17 PM.

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    Sounds like you need a BIOS update if you still have to use Ctrl + F1 hotkey.

    Good voltages for starters is stock that is on your Mushkin sticker, which should be 2.0-2.1V which is DDR2 voltage in the MIT section and +0.2 = 2.0V and +0.3 = 2.1V

    Yes, I can give you a full suggested settings for your board. It is what I am posting with right now.

    Please fill this out so I can see what you are running your CPU at and I will post back with ram settings for you >>>>

    This is Just a template I use to ask people their settings, pay no attention to the numbers in it, replace with yours

    Robust Graphics Booster___________ [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio ____________ [8]
    CPU Host Clock Control_ [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (MHz)__________ [450]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)_______ [100]
    C.I.A. 2__________________________ [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD)____ [2.00]
    DRAM Timing Selectable_______ SPD __ [Manual]

    Performance Enhance = [Standard]

    CAS Latency Time________________ ?
    Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay_________ ?
    Dram RAS# Precharge Delay_______?
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)__________ ?
    ACT to ACT Delay (tRRD)_________ ?
    Rank Write to READ Delay________ ?
    Write to Precharge Delay_________ ?
    Refresh to ACT Delay______________ ?
    Read to Precharge Delay__________ ?
    Static tRead Value_______________ 1-31
    Static tRead Phase Adjust________ 1-31

    System Voltage Control____ [Manual]
    DDR2 OverVoltage Control__ [+0.300V]
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control_ [+0.1V]
    FSB OverVoltage Control___ [+0.1V]
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control [+0.1V]
    CPU Voltage Control_______ [1.25]

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    Howdy again. Here's the info you asked for -- sorry it took me forever to post it.

    Robust Graphics Booster Auto - [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio - [9]
    CPU Host Clock Control_ [Disabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (MHz)__________ [266]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)_______ [Auto]
    C.I.A. 2 Disabled [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD)____ [Auto]
    DRAM Timing Selectable_______ SPD __ [Auto]

    Performance Enhance = [Standard]

    CAS Latency Time________________ 5
    Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay_________ 5
    Dram RAS# Precharge Delay_______5
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)__________ 18
    ACT to ACT Delay (tRRD)_________ 3
    Rank Write to READ Delay________ 3
    Write to Precharge Delay_________ 6
    Refresh to ACT Delay_____________52
    Read to Precharge Delay__________ 3
    Static tRead Value_______________ 4
    Static tRead Phase Adjust________ 0 (yes, zero)

    System Voltage Control____ [Auto]
    DDR2 OverVoltage Control__ [Normal]
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control_ [Normal]
    FSB OverVoltage Control___ [Normal]
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control [Normal]
    CPU Voltage Control_______ [Normal]
    __________________
    Normal CPU Vcore ________1.2500V

    Again, I'd like to tighten out the timings somewhat, at the very least get what I should be getting according to vendor figures (800MHz 4-4-4-12). If it can do a little better and still be stable, I'd be happy with that, too! :P
    Last edited by FloppySpatula; 09-14-2008 at 11:57 AM.

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