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    Default 8gb with X48 ds4

    Has anybody had 8gb of ram installed in their X48 DS4?, and if yes did you alter your ram voltage etc? I'm using it for rendering etc, I recently brought 2gigs more but it came as 2gb instead of two 1gb modules. Overall I have 6gb of ram installed, which is running smoothly, now my line of thinking now is that I might as well buy another 2gb to get it to 8gb thus enabling duel channel bandwidth. I own XP 64 bit. If anybody can help me I would more than happy (thanks Nimrod in your previous post)

    Thanks Robert

    Btw the ram is Kingston Hyper 1066mhz

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    Default Re: 8gb with X48 ds4

    I don't have any experience with your board, however 8GB should not be a problem. It depends on how you have your system configured.

    If you are running a highly overclocked system it may take a little more tweaking to get it going. I recently took loan of another 2x2GB kit to see if I could get things running, but gave up as I had to give them back the following day. My processor however is almost litterally teetering on the edge of its performance limits, which is a big factor.

    You may very well need a little more MCH (northbridge) voltage, and possibly need to tweak some of the advanced timings, such as Static tRead and tRFC.

    Be careful to make sure it's the same model, some manufacturers also use different memory chips for the same product, and give the stuff different version numbers. For example, I'm building a HTPC soon and accidently clicked the "add to basket" button twice on the site I ordered from. Only realised when I opened the package. The modules I have infront of me are Corsair XMS2 6400 C5 Version 4.2 and the ones I just eBayed were Version 3.1.

    When you do get your other stick, fill out the BIOS template with your settings at the end of this post. There are quite a few members who would be happy to help youi select some settings to get things running. LSDmeasap is excelent at fault finding and has a vast knowledge of the likely settings needed.

    This BIOS template is from a GA X48 DQ6, sorry I couldn't find one for a DS4. You may have to alter it a little for your board:

    Code:
    MB Intelligent Tweaker (MIT)
    Robust Graphics Booster...........:
    CPU Clock Ratio...................:
    CPU Frequency.....................:
    CPU Host Clock Control............:
    CPU Host Frequency(Mhz)...........:
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz).......:
    C.I.A.2...........................:
    Performance Enhance...............:
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD)....:
    Memory Frequency(Mhz).............:
    DRAM Timing Selectable ...........:
    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time (tCL)............:
    DRAM RAS# to CAS#  (tRCD).........:
    DRAM RAS# Precharge (tRP).........:
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)............:
    Advanced Timing Control
    ACT to ACT Delay(tRRD)............:
    Rank Write to READ Delay (tWTR)...:
    Write To Precharge Delay (tWR)....:
    Refresh to ACT Delay (tRFC).......: 
    Read To Precharge Delay (tRTP)....: 
    Static tREAD Value (tRD)..........:
    Static tREAD Phase Adj............: 
    Command Rate (CMD)................:
    Clock Driving and Skew Control
    CPU/PCIEX Clock Driving Control...:
    CPU Clock Skew Control............: 
    (G)MCH Clock Skew Control.........: 
    System Voltage Control () = Base Voltages
    DDR3 OverVoltage Control...(1.50v):
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control.,(1.50v):
    FSB OverVoltage Control....(1.10v):
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control,(1.45v):
    CPU GTLREF1 Voltage*.......(67%)..:
    CPU GTLREF2 Voltage*.......(61%)..:
    Loadline Calibration..............:
    CPU Voltage Control...............:
    Normal CPU Vcore..................:
    Note: * Hidden Features Press [CTRL] + [F1] from main Menu to Access
    Advanced Bios Features
    CPU Multi-Threading...............:
    Limit CPUID Max to 3..............:
    No-Execute Memory Protect.........:
    CPU Enhanced Halt(CIE)............:
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2.............:
    CPU EIST Function.................:
    Virtuaalization Technology........:
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: 8gb with X48 ds4

    Ok Rob, your on the right track. Its definatly worth going down the path to get Dual Channel up and running as it will give you overall better performance. For 8GB you may need to up your voltage a little. But every system is different. My XMS 2 DDR2 Corsair ram is stock @ 1.8v and i know there are people running it @ 1.9 with large amonts. But Basically its just trial and error. Bash your 8Gigs in and see what happens. The Best Conclusion is to get everything working rock solid stable with the lowest voltages across the board. On my System with the 4 gigs and Overclocked to 3.8Ghz All voltages are stock. Which i like.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
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    Default Re: 8gb with X48 ds4

    You also may run into issues since you are mixing ram IC's, you do mean you have 2x1 + 2GB right now right? If not then ignore me, you will be fine with 8GB you will just need to adjust ram timings and MCH/ram voltages

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    Default Re: 8gb with X48 ds4

    From what I can gather, he bought an extra 2GB, to give him 6GB total. Therefore he must have had 4GB originally, and as the motherboard has only 4 slots, they must have been 2x2GB.

    The total amount of RAM he has installed now is 3 x 2GB with one slot free.

    Good point LSD. Are all the modules Hyper X mozart134? I know Kingston do supply single sticks of it. If they are at least the same product range it would make life that much easier.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: 8gb with X48 ds4

    Yes the ram I have installed is the same speed, size and type (4x2 = 8GB) < well its going to be , in about a week, at the moment the 6gb is installed with no additional adjustments apart from the prior adjusts I made to overclock the CPU. My stats are below.

    X48 DS4 (lastest bios)
    E5200 @ 3.31Ghz with stock voltage 1.15v (temps 28 idle /34 load) arctic cooler 7
    FSB 265x 12.5
    6GB(at present) 5,5,5,15 (had to adjust) DDR2 over voltage +0.05v (which I adjusted) now the speed is 1060 it was rated at 800 before.
    800W PSU.
    4850HD 512MB OC 700Mhz/1050Mhz

    Cheers for the help

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