Trying to upgrade RAM but won't boot up after install...

ronaldison407b05e2

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MSI X79A-GD45 (8D), Socket-2011
Intel Core i7-3820 Processor

Geforce GTX 1660 (running dual monitors)
G. Skill DDR3 1600mhz 2x 8gb ram CL9-9-924 1.50v
Thermaltake TR2 700w PSU


So I just got the Gskill 32gb RAM kit in the mail today and loaded up these bad boys and wouldn't ya know, my PC wouldn't boot.

It'll light up and even before the BIOS screen comes in it just shuts back off.

Instead of 4x8gb I tried 2x8gb and it seems to be working.

Then I tried to optimize the settings in BIOS and again it shuts off before the loading screen.

Is it safe to assume that my PSU might be inadequate or is there something I'm overlooking?
 

teletubby_po

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Did you put two sets of 2x 8gb ram together?
It's best to buy one set of 4*8gb if you're using 32gb ram.
 

ronaldison407b05e2

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Did you put two sets of 2x 8gb ram together?
It's best to buy one set of 4*8gb if you're using 32gb ram.
When I bought the kit, it came with 4 x 8gb ram sticks

Been trying to add all four ram sticks but my PC won't boot up for more than 10 seconds.

Can't even get to the BIOS access screen
 
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I got a bad stick of GSkill last week.
First time ever (decades). Bad batch of chips floating around?

Module makers have to use whatever dram chips are available.
GSKILL (and probably most others) are known to have samsung
and hynix chips on modules with basically the same part number.

Did the part number for your new set end in "B"? Like -GVKB?
The B starts to show up when the non-B parts are sold out.
Does that tell you something? Hmmmm.

RAM is hot right now. The almighty dollar. Get the picture.
Gonna be lots of posts about bad RAM.
 

citay

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4x8GB is more demanding than 2x 8GB. First of all, make sure you have the newest BIOS version (kinda hard to check right now, MSI website is not working right).

Then, you most likely need to loosen some settings to make 4x 8GB work right. Your PSU is pretty cheap (normally you should strive for at least an 80 PLUS Bronze certified model, better yet, 80 PLUS Gold), but i doubt it has anything to do with it. This is a case of, either clocks or timings are too much for 4x8GB to run stable.
 
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Actually, DDR4 is very power efficient with an 8GB module drawing only about 6 watts, or about 0.75 watts per dram chip.
Generally, anytime the power dissipation is less than 1 watt per chip, heatsinks are not required.
Todays heatspeaders, pretty much just for looks and because you expect to see them.
 

citay

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Who said anything about heat being the issue? This is about more stress on the memory controller with four sticks compared to just two.
 
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