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Windows 7: Upgrade RAM = (micro)stuttering in games


01 Dec 2013   #1

 
Upgrade RAM = (micro)stuttering in games

On my MSI GE60 0ND, I upgraded my RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB, adding a second stick of 4 GB DDR3 1600.

RAM sticks have same specs (frequency, voltage, timings,...) but different brands.

When I use 8 GB, games suffer of major microstuttering. When I remove a stick of RAM, games are smooth.

What's happening?!

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01 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I would try to match the brand of ram for better compatibility
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01 Dec 2013   #3

 

I tried to run only the new stick of RAM, and games have microstuttering. Can the new stick be defective?
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01 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

It appears it may be. I would take it back and look for a brand matched stick. Check your motherboard specs for ram compatibility by brand.
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01 Dec 2013   #5

 

This RAM stick is certified to work with my GE60...
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01 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Okay, one other thing you could check is if you have a bios update available. A lot of bios updates fix memory related issues.
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01 Dec 2013   #7

 

I already have the updated BIOS from MSI website I flashed it one month ago...
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01 Dec 2013   #8

 

I noticed that both sticks of RAM are now microstuttering
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01 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

That's not good. Try a minor voltage tweak for the ram, either slightly up or down.
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01 Dec 2013   #10

 

Problem solved. New Nvidia drivers sucks, don't update to R331 drivers!!

I did a rollback to R326 drivers and now all is fine.
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