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Windows 7: Memory causing BSOD


13 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Memory causing BSOD

I recently built a new PC specs here:

Intel core i5 3570k Ivy Bridge at 3.4GHz
Asus P8Z77-V PRO
EVGA GTX 570 1280MB
16GB Corsair vengeance PC3-14900 (1866) (4 x 4gb)
2TB Seagate 6gb/s hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
(This is all the system specs I felt where needed, if you need any more please do say)

Now when I used memtest to define whether or not I have faulty RAM I ran a test to start with on all four sticks. Now I had a lot of errors so I decided to test them all individually. I tested them all individually but did not find a single error on any of them so I decided to add one more each time and test again each time. Having 2 or 3 sticks showed no errors with memtest but the moment I added the fourth stick and tested the errors started showing up again so I tested the motherboard slot with the just the one stick in it and it didn't show any errors. So essentially when I have 1,2 or 3 sticks of 4gb of memory in the motherboard it does not show any errors and I do not get BSOD's (so far anyway) but the moment I add another stick of memory and scan with memtest for errors I get tonnes and if I boot windows at some point I will receive a BSOD. (Also I can't be putting the RAM in the wrong slots on the MB as it only has four).

Any ideas?


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13 Jul 2012   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I would try manually adjusting the memory settings in BIOS.

You can try decreasing the speed and/or increasing the voltage.
If you increase voltage, do it with the smallest increments possible, one step at a time and test it.

Also, sometimes changing a setting from "Auto" to the manufacturer's spec setting can make a difference.
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13 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I would try manually adjusting the memory settings in BIOS.

You can try decreasing the speed and/or increasing the voltage.
If you increase voltage, do it with the smallest increments possible, one step at a time and test it.

Also, sometimes changing a setting from "Auto" to the manufacturer's spec setting can make a difference.
Thank you very much.
I lowered the speed and did a full test just to be sure and it showed no errors. Any idea what is causing these errors when I have the memory set to 1866mhz?
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13 Jul 2012   #4

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

It's my understanding the 3570K memory controller supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory.
If you're running at 1866 it is over "advertised spec".
There's nothing wrong with that as long as the system is stable...

Adding the 4th stick at 1866 just pushed it over the edge of what your system can handle with that configuration.
Sometimes running 4 sticks of RAM does require a bump up in voltage, even if using "advertised" speed.

I'm assuming you tested stable at 1600, so you know you can run that way.
You could now try increasing the voltage to see if you can find a point where you can run 4 sticks at 1866.

I really don't believe you will notice any difference between 1600 and 1866, but the choice is yours.

If you do want to bump memory speed and voltage it might be good to create a thread in the Overclocking forum.
Someone there might have a similar setup to yours and give you better advice...
I'm not sure what the "safe" limit is to bump memory voltage with the 3570K and your RAM, and I'm assuming your memory is 1.5 V.

Hope this helps,
David
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13 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the explanation, my ram is on 1.5v at the moment so I will have a look around and see what the voltage I need is.
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13 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You Intel chip and your mother board are duel channel. Two or 4 memory sticks would work best. Installing 4 sticks is a no brainer, you have 4 slots. Look in the manual because the motherboard will be picky where two sticks should be installed. The max. proper voltage for your ram should be on the ram stick itself. The motherboard has a wide range of ram speeds but Intel recommends 1333/1600 for their chip.
Fill in all your specs in ((My System Specs)) they do help us because they will be their, lower left corner of every post of yours. We don't want to hunt and pick through a bunch of post looking for them. It helps us help you. Look at mine specs and it will give you a idea of what is needed.
Have you thought about extra cooling?
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14 Jul 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

In the overclocking section of your bios you will have to select either XMP or Manual, set the dram frequency. If you select XMP the board will read the SPD values of your ram. Manual you will have to set them. The first 4 numbers on the sticker on the ram sticks. Check the Dram Voltage and make sure it is what your ram calls for.
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