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    Default G.Skill memory for EP45-UD3P

    Looking at putting a EP45-UD3P build together for my son with 2x1GB of this memory: NCIXUS.com - Buy G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-2GBPI Pi PC2-8500 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - F2-8500CL5D-2GBPI.

    This looks to be exactly the same as the black PI (DDR2) that I see many people using on the EP45-UD3P board, just a different colour HS. I'd prefer the black but can't get it where I am.

    I had a lot of problems with memory (Crucial) in my last build on Ex38-DS4 and I want to try to avoid that altogether. I've also considered Corsair Dominators (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D) but have read about lots of problems with that memory too.

    I know any memory can fail and there are compatability issues and BIOS tweaking that needs to be done, but has anyone used the G.skills mentioned above on the UD3P board, the ones with the silver HS.

    I'm looking at 1066 memory, maybe I should just go with 800 where I'm likely to have less problems. I only need 2x1GB too, only running 32bit XP so no need for any more than 2GB. I'm also only after a mild oc (initially anyway) with an e8400, to 3.6Ghz.
    (1) Gigabyte 3DAurora chassis - Gigabyte Ex38-DS4 - Xeon 3110 - Zalman CNPS9500 LED - 2x1GB PC2 8500 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2.0v (BL12864AL106A) - ThermalTake Cyclo RAM cooler - 2xMSI Radeon HD4670 - Corsair HX 620W - WD 36GB Raptor - Seagate 250GB (ST3250310AS) - Asus DRW 2014LIT - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)
    (2) NZXT Apollo chassis - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P - E8400 - Xigmatek S1283 Red Scorpion - 2x2GB PC2 8800 G.Skill 1.9v (F2-8800CL5D-4GBPI) - Gigabyte GeForce 9600GT - Corsair HX 520W - Seagate 250GB (ST3250318AS) - LG DRW GH22NP20 - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)

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    Default Re: G.Skill memory for EP45-UD3P

    That memory should be good I have a set of those but DDR3 I use for testing.

    Crucial would be fine on your P45 (I know how you feel though, but it is ok for sure now especially the 2.0V rated ones)

    Mushkin is another great choice as well if you can get those in your area.

    Sorry, I personally have not tested those in UD3 boards, but I have not seen any issues

    1066 or 800 normally about the same as long as it is quality ram. I mean most 800 kits will do 1066 with higher timings (CAS5) and most 1066 will do 800 just fine with the lower timings (CAS4)

    I see reviews at Newegg for these and a user with UD3P without issues >>
    Customer Reviews Of G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    Ram Review of a similar kit (4GB) and that board here (Translated) >>
    Translated version of http://www.overclockingstation.de/showthread.php?t=2869

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    Thanks. I did read those reviews on Newegg (newegg reviews are great for getting a general idea of what seems to work and what doesn't, aren't they). But most people using the PI series G.Skills seem to be using the ones with the black HS, rather then the silver, either 2GB or 4GB pairs. They seem to have exactly the same spec, voltage and timings, maybe they use different circuitry, I don't know, maybe most people think the black ones just look better...... Mushkin seem to be pretty hard to get where I am, so I was looking at G.SKills which have a good reputation on Gigabyte boards.

    That other review you posted on the 4GB kit is actually the 8800s that run at the standard voltage of 1.8-1.9v. I did look at those too, but they cost about A$30 more here. I think I might go with the silver 8500s.

    You might remember me with the problems I had with my crucial 8500 tracers (2.2v) on my x38 board, first DOA and then ongoing problems with replacement set. Well, I RMAd them and I seem to be running OK with the new 2.0v tracers.
    (1) Gigabyte 3DAurora chassis - Gigabyte Ex38-DS4 - Xeon 3110 - Zalman CNPS9500 LED - 2x1GB PC2 8500 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2.0v (BL12864AL106A) - ThermalTake Cyclo RAM cooler - 2xMSI Radeon HD4670 - Corsair HX 620W - WD 36GB Raptor - Seagate 250GB (ST3250310AS) - Asus DRW 2014LIT - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)
    (2) NZXT Apollo chassis - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P - E8400 - Xigmatek S1283 Red Scorpion - 2x2GB PC2 8800 G.Skill 1.9v (F2-8800CL5D-4GBPI) - Gigabyte GeForce 9600GT - Corsair HX 520W - Seagate 250GB (ST3250318AS) - LG DRW GH22NP20 - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)

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    I have G. Skill PC2-8800 5-5-5-15 CR2

    I have been impressed with G.Skill in general, they have been rock solid stable and I have been able to do a mild O/C to 1130MHz.

    I think you will be just fine going with that brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dclayw View Post
    I have G.Skill F2-7200CL4D-4GBPI-B in a UD3R. This RAM has EPP profiles.
    Just FYI, I asked Gigabyte about supporting EPP and they said:
    About the issue you mentioned, according to specification, which does not support EPP memory on GA-EP45-UD3R(rev. 1.1), we don't suggest you use EPP memory module which might caused unexpected system problem or H/W damage.
    I don't actually believe that, but it would be nice if there was some good guidance about how best to configure EPP memory.

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    I have used epp or xmp as the board bios setting is called and it seemed to work ok,you have to set the memory speed and fsb yourself,other than that ,it did set all the memory timings to what is stamped on the memory modules.
    I only tried it at fsb 400-430 2:00 multiplier and Im not recommending anyone leave it on when o/cing 24/7.
    nb 800mhz Black PI wont do over 1000ish reliably for me(and others) on this board.
    Up to that tho,they seem to run really well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dclayw View Post
    Thanks. I did read those reviews on Newegg (newegg reviews are great for getting a general idea of what seems to work and what doesn't, aren't they). But most people using the PI series G.Skills seem to be using the ones with the black HS, rather then the silver, either 2GB or 4GB pairs. They seem to have exactly the same spec, voltage and timings, maybe they use different circuitry, I don't know, maybe most people think the black ones just look better...... Mushkin seem to be pretty hard to get where I am, so I was looking at G.SKills which have a good reputation on Gigabyte boards.

    That other review you posted on the 4GB kit is actually the 8800s that run at the standard voltage of 1.8-1.9v. I did look at those too, but they cost about A$30 more here. I think I might go with the silver 8500s.

    You might remember me with the problems I had with my crucial 8500 tracers (2.2v) on my x38 board, first DOA and then ongoing problems with replacement set. Well, I RMAd them and I seem to be running OK with the new 2.0v tracers.
    Ya I think users like the color better is why you see them more, but I do see also some of the black models do have better spec's so better chips are used in some

    Ya, in genreal G.Skills work great on Gigabyte boards, I have noticed some slight issues with the cheapest of their models but that happens with the whole lot of manufacturers

    Ya, I do remember your Crucial issues!! Nice to see your new 2.0V set is working great! I haven't had any issues with either of the sets they sent my way for testing (2x2 or 4x1) and I pushed them pretty hard in my review and they are still running strong as day one.

    I think you will be fine with Silver PI's, Like I said I have a set I am using for testing in X58. I have not pushed on them yet to see what they will do, nor have I actually used them for any extended period as they are only 2x1GB of 1333Mhz so I rarely have them in. But they do function fine.

    XMP is different then EPP, same idea but totally different design as XMP is meant for X58 and has several voltage and CPU settings programmed in them that differ and EPP is actually meant for Nvidia based boards. I do not suggest the use of either in any board to anyone, unless they do not wish to learn how to set things up or do not know where to ask as EPP/XMP is not the best performance settings for sure.
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    Well, I caved in and bought the g.skill 8800 PIs with the silver heat spreader. It's fast memory (no o'clocking really necessary) and runs at low voltage. I think that is a good combination. Also bought 2x2GB as I'm guessing sooner or later my son will move to 64 bit o/s. Plenty of people using this memory on the UD3P board with good results. It's reported not to o'clock well but that's not really important with spec at 1100MHz.
    (1) Gigabyte 3DAurora chassis - Gigabyte Ex38-DS4 - Xeon 3110 - Zalman CNPS9500 LED - 2x1GB PC2 8500 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2.0v (BL12864AL106A) - ThermalTake Cyclo RAM cooler - 2xMSI Radeon HD4670 - Corsair HX 620W - WD 36GB Raptor - Seagate 250GB (ST3250310AS) - Asus DRW 2014LIT - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)
    (2) NZXT Apollo chassis - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P - E8400 - Xigmatek S1283 Red Scorpion - 2x2GB PC2 8800 G.Skill 1.9v (F2-8800CL5D-4GBPI) - Gigabyte GeForce 9600GT - Corsair HX 520W - Seagate 250GB (ST3250318AS) - LG DRW GH22NP20 - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)

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    Let us know when you get it, and if you push it how far it will go.

    Good luck with the setup, hope all goes well! I need to push on my silver ones and see what they will do

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    Well, things started off well. Build went well, nice case and the Xigmatec cooler shaves about 5-7 degrees off CPU temps on the E8400 (compared to the Xeon 3110 in my other build). The E8400 idles at about 25-27 degrees, both cores too, my 3110 has a 12 degree temp difference between the cores at idle. But it appears I again have memory problems in this new build on the UD3P board. This is what I've done.

    As soon as I put the build together I checked that CPU temps were OK and then set memory voltage to 1.9V. (The g.skill 8800s are rated at 1.8-1.9v at 5 5 5 15 for 1100Mhz). That's the only thing I changed in the BIOS, the board set the default memory speed to 1066Mhz and timimgs to 5 5 5 15. I then ran a couple of full passes of memtest86+ (v2.01) without any errors.

    Then installed WinXP, Realtemp, CPUZ and a bunch of other apps and saved the partition. Then overclocked the e8400 to 3.6Ghz (leaving the memory at 1066MHz). I won't go into the actual settings I used just yet, more on that later. I got one BSOD about a day after the install, the very common DCOM timeout error. Later that day the machine rebooted during a run of Prime95 blend tests, probably 25-30 minutes after I started the test. Tweaked a few settings (which I won't go into just yet) and then Prime95 blend tests ran for just on 4 hours without error before getting application hang (not BSOD). I rolled out the overclock (by loading optimized defaults) and then started testing memory again using memtest86+.

    The first test was exactly as I had done before I did the overclock, just set DDR voltage to 1.9V, got an error during test 6. If I leave DDR voltage at AUTO the BIOS sets it to 2.0v. But memtest gives errors at 2.0v as well. I tried 1.8V and a few settings between 1.8 and 1.9v and then between 1.9 and 2.0V. All settings gave memtest errors in test 6. I then did the same tests but added 0.1v to MCH voltage (to bring it up to 1.2v). All tests gave errors again in test 6 (I was just running test 6 at this stage). I don't know a lot about memtest86+ but the errors were always in the same places, either at around 1250MB or 3300MB, and the error was always exactly the same. All these memtests were run with everything else in the BIOS left as is, except for Performance Enhance which I had set to Standard. The BIOS default settings for the memory is 5 5 5 15.

    Does this definitively point to a problem with memory. This is similar experience I had with my first build with crucial memory. A co-incidence, bad luck maybe, I don't know. As the memory is supposed to run 1100Mhz at 1.9v, is it necessary to bump up MCH voltage, or is an increase in MCH voltage always necessary when running at around 1066 speeds. It's kind of a moot point I guess because increasing MCH by 0.1V didn't help anyway. Maybe it needs more?, I did try 1.24v but didn't make any difference. I didnt think I would need to tweak all the memory settings to get the memory to run stable at stock speed, or do I? There are a lot more memory settings (voltage and timings) in this BIOS compared to the BIOS for my EX38-DS4 board, more MCH settings too. I have not yet tested each stick individualy.

    Once again I'm open to suggestions. I'm reluctant to RMA the memory if there's nothing wrong with it.
    (1) Gigabyte 3DAurora chassis - Gigabyte Ex38-DS4 - Xeon 3110 - Zalman CNPS9500 LED - 2x1GB PC2 8500 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2.0v (BL12864AL106A) - ThermalTake Cyclo RAM cooler - 2xMSI Radeon HD4670 - Corsair HX 620W - WD 36GB Raptor - Seagate 250GB (ST3250310AS) - Asus DRW 2014LIT - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)
    (2) NZXT Apollo chassis - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P - E8400 - Xigmatek S1283 Red Scorpion - 2x2GB PC2 8800 G.Skill 1.9v (F2-8800CL5D-4GBPI) - Gigabyte GeForce 9600GT - Corsair HX 520W - Seagate 250GB (ST3250318AS) - LG DRW GH22NP20 - XP Pro SP3 (32bit)

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