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    Default Need some stable RAM

    I've tried for a while to get 4 sticks of 2GB GSKILL RAM (see my sig) to run stable on my system to no avail. Rather than go through additional troubleshooting, it's much more efficient for me to just buy another set (time in money for me).

    Can someone recommend specific RAM that they have been able to get to run stable (4 slots, 8 GB total) on my mobo config? I would much appreciate it a link to specific RAM that can work out of the box for me.

    Thanks much!
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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    This OCZ runs fine with 4 sticks on my EP45-UD3P, even at 1066 MHz:
    Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Desktop Memory
    Little to no tweaking was needed (just upping the RAM voltage to the recommended 2.1-2.2V for 1066 MHz and of course setting the memory multiplier so the RAM runs at 1066 MHz.


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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    If you do by new memory look for 8GB kits, there aren't many and they probably cost a lot.
    Keep in mind you may end spending money and time again, likely it's not going to be plug and play.

    Did you try and managed to run stable 4GB configuration?
    Did you test all memory modules and all memory slots?
    What have you tried so far to get them stable?

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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    there are times when breaking the 6GB barrier does offer some compelling advantages, but these are restricted to certain applications (for example, Photoshop, VMware Workstation if you run multiple virtual machines with lots of RAM). Unless you have a specific need for fitting more than 4GB of RAM then chances are that you don’t need any more and won’t really gain much from fitting it.
    Side note: What you do notice from stepping up from 2GB to 4GB to 8GB to RAM is that with each step the hard disk is being thrashed less and less because there’s less for the swap file to do. Relying less on a swap file does make the system feel perkier overall, but the actual effect on performance is, as we’ve seen, small.
    More RAM doesn’t always mean better performance.
    The 8GB/64-bit advantage - More RAM doesn't always mean better performance | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com





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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    4GB of ram would be enough but I will post several options below because I don't know what you use your computer for.

    Mushkin 4GB(2GBx2) of DDR2 1066:
    Newegg.com - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996599 - Desktop Memory

    The reviews are good and it has a very fast bus speed. But before you order new ram, try the GSKILL ram in a different computer.

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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    its most likely timings thats giving you grief esp with 8gb ram,the more ram the more harder it is to tweak
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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    Thanks everyone.

    8 GB is kind of necessary for me, I'm a statistician and I run a program called Stata, which loads the analytical dataset one is working on into ram (which consequently runs faster than SAS, but that is a different topic).

    As far as the G.SKILL ram I have now, I fully tested each stick separately and each slot separately, no problems there with MemTest. I've tried messing with MCH and ram voltage as directed on here, but to no avail. I love building systems, and a tad bit of tweaking (this is "FUN"), but the moment it turns into WORK, then I have to ask myself is it worth it, because I make pretty good money consulting, so every hour spent messing around is money lost.

    So, assuming that I NEED 8GB, so far I'm hearing OCZ?
    I really appreciate everyone's thoughts, thanks much!!!
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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    Quote Originally Posted by mayan50 View Post
    I've tried messing with MCH and ram voltage as directed on here, but to no avail.
    Could you be a bit more specific?

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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    Ok... I just threw away all of that G.SKILL ram, now can someone recommend a set of 8 GB of ram that will work out of the box for my gear below.

    Thanks.
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    • Bios Version F9
    • Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz (not overclocked)
    • G.SKILL 4x2GB PC2 6400, Model F2-6400CL5D
    • Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP Mid Tower
    • Cooler Master UCP RS700 700w Power Supply
    • Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
    • HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD
    • WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA
    • Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
    • Econometrics Software: StataMP11 (4 procs)
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    Default Re: Need some stable RAM

    Quote Originally Posted by mayan50 View Post
    Ok... I just threw away all of that G.SKILL ram
    I hope you mean you eBayed it! There's no excuse for anyone, no matter their income to waste money. If you don't need the cash you can donate all the auction proceeds to charity. If you literally threw out that G.Skill you binned perfectly good RAM.

    To be honest I wouldn't p155 on OCZ RAM if it were on fire, but that's just me. If I was wanting to run 8GB then my first choice would be G.Skill PK series with the blue/green heat spreaders. My second choice would be Crucial Ballistix 1066 (new version).

    Edit: It'd also be a good idea to try a BIOS update to have gotten that G.Skill working. F9 BIOS maybe.
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