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Thread: EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 and 2




  1. #1
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    Default EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 and 2

    Hi,

    My machine has been experiencing some significant instability (BSOD and freezes).

    Machine Specs
    Mobo = MB GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L 775

    Graphics card = VGA EVGA 512-P3-N801-RX 8800GT

    CPU = INTEL|C2D E7300 2.66G 775

    Memory = 1Gx4|MUSHKIN 996612
    That's 4G of
    <TABLE class=specification cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 itxtvisited="1"><TBODY itxtvisited="1"><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Brand</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('mushkin' ));</SCRIPT>mushkin</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Model</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('996612') );</SCRIPT>996612</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Type</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM'));</SCRIPT>240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=title colSpan=2 itxtvisited="1">Tech Spec</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Capacity</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('2GB (2 x 1GB)'));</SCRIPT>2GB (2 x 1GB)</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Speed</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)'));</SCRIPT>DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Cas Latency</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('5'));</SCRIPT>5</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Timing</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('5-5-5-15'));</SCRIPT>5-5-5-15</TD></TR><TR itxtvisited="1"><TD class=name itxtvisited="1">Voltage</TD><TD class=desc itxtvisited="1"><SCRIPT type=text/javascript>document.write(neg_specification_newlin e('2.1V'));</SCRIPT>2.1V</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    Power supply = 500W

    OS = Vista enterprise 64-bit

    BIOS ver = f9
    When I run Memtest86 on my individual memory modules in slot 0, I get no errors over 12 hours.

    When I run Memtest86 on two memory modules paired in slots 0 and 2, I get many errors on both slots within three minutes.

    I got a little better results when I bumped my CHM core voltage up from 1.05 to 1.3 (it lasted 4 minutes instead of three), but I don't want to mindlessly crank up the CHM voltage.

    Bios Settings

    <DIR>Robust Graphics Booster Auto
    CPU Clock Ratio 10x
    CPU Frequency 2.66 GHz
    Clock Chip Control
    CPU Host Clock Control Disabled
    PCI Express Freq Auto
    C.I.A.2 Disabled
    Advanced Clock Control
    CPU Clock Drive 800mV
    PCI Express Clock Drive 800mV
    CPU Clock Skew 0ps
    MCH 0ps
    Performance Enhance Standard
    Extreme Memory Profile Disabled (Auto by default)
    MCH Frequency Latch Auto
    System Memory Multiplier Auto
    Memory Frequency 1066
    DRAM Timing selectable Auto
    Standard Timing Control 5-7-7-24 (5-5-5-15 by default and spec)
    Advanced Timing control
    tRRD 4
    tWTR 4
    tWR 8
    tRFC 56
    tRTP 4
    Command Rate 0
    Motherboard Voltage Control
    CPU Vcore 1.1625V
    CPU Termination 1.2V
    CPU PLL 1.55V
    CPU Reference .805V
    MCH Core 1.05V (1.1 by default)
    MCH Reference .76
    ICH I/O 1.55V

    </DIR>DRAM Voltage 2.1 (1.8 by default)
    Is there anything else I should change, or is my motherboard just busted?

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 a

    If you don't get an answer here you might want to post the question in the Muskin Forum. Greg (muskin tech) is very fast at answering posts there. (Redirecting to forums)

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 a

    I've made some progress.

    I've tuned to MCH voltage back down to 1.1v from 1.3v since I was having issues starting. I also turned down the DRAM voltage to 1.9v and managed to get memtest86 to pass for almost 6 hours (then it failed).

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 a

    So, I've gotten my memory to last 7.5 hours of memtest86 by returning to the default timings 5-5-5-15 and setting DRAM to 1.9V and MCH to 1.14V, but I'm running out of ideas.

    I'm pretty sure 1.9 is the optimum for my machine + RAM (1.84V and 1.92V see much worse performance). And I know I hit startup issues when the MCH core voltage is 1.3.

    What else can I tweek here?

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 a

    Have you tried switching the DIMMs to slots 1 & 4 instead? Probably won't change anything but at least something to try...

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L: Mushkin 996612 works fine in single slot but not paired in channel 0 a

    I figured it out. (It was really stupid actually.)

    So, I just assumed because the main timings were correct 5-5-5-15 that the advanced timings would be too, but when I looked they were way off. I set the values to what mushkin recommended and it worked great!

    I sure do feel silly^^

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