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MSI 970 gaming RAM slot problem?
« on: 17-June-17, 12:28:22 »

Hi.
I got an MSI 970 gaming MOBO, with 32GB max RAM support in 4 slots.
I have placed 3x2GB RAM sticks and I randomly get BSoD, especially when I close some games, but also on random idle desktop moments.
I run memtest86, initially with all sticks on, in slots 1-3-4 and had 2 error addresses (same on both passes).
I removed 1 stick and left 2 on slots 1-3, with no errors. I replaced one of the sticks with the supposed false stick, and again got no errors.
I tried test 2 sticks at slots 1-4, again no errors.
Then I placed back all three sticks in slots 1-2-4 and got an error again, on different address.

My best guess is that my MOBO, cannot handle all 3 RAM sticks simultaneously, and it doesn't matter what combination of slots I use, or in what order I put the sticks.

What might be the reason for that?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: MSI 970 gaming RAM slot problem?
« Reply #1 on: 17-June-17, 13:47:17 »

Ideally you want matching sets (when applicable), in either 1 DIMM, 2 DIMM, or 4 DIMM configurations.

With more than two DIMMs installed you may have to increase voltage to the IMC/northbridge.

Probably best to buy a matching kit. I would go for at least a 8GB kit (4GB x 2).

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Re: MSI 970 gaming RAM slot problem?
« Reply #2 on: 17-June-17, 14:05:46 »

It might also help to know the manufacturer and part number of each stick of ram. Or even go as far as to post a picture of the label on each stick.
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Re: MSI 970 gaming RAM slot problem?
« Reply #3 on: 18-June-17, 06:23:01 »

Hi
Thanks for replies.
I have 2 sticks of GB34GB1333C7DC from http://www.geil.com.tw/products/showSpec/id/202 and 1 stick of this http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX1333C9D3B1_2G.pdf

all three seem to have the same specs regarding the matching.

Yesterday, i had left the kingston stick out of the PC and still got a BSoD, when exiting my game. I also experienced the minor lag that had forced me to go from 2x2GB to 3x2GB in the first place.

My thought now, taking into acount the 1-2-4 DIMM suggestion, the 2x4GB, the fact that i read somewhere that my MOBO's main DIMMS are 1-3, and the Lag, is that I have a chance to solve my problem with the 8GB kit.
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Re: MSI 970 gaming RAM slot problem?
« Reply #4 on: 18-June-17, 06:27:12 »

OK.....

Here's what I would do.

Do a memtest86 test with just 1 stick installed. 
Do this with each stick.

If you get any errors with a stick installed, that memory stick is bad, don't use it.

Finish doing that, and then when you're done, install the 'good' memory in slots 1 and 3 only. (only install 2 sticks)
Run a memtest86 again with those 2 sticks installed and see if you get errors.
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Re: MSI 970 gaming RAM slot problem?
« Reply #5 on: 18-June-17, 09:38:48 »

Hi
Thanks for replies.
I have 2 sticks of GB34GB1333C7DC from http://www.geil.com.tw/products/showSpec/id/202 and 1 stick of this http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KHX1333C9D3B1_2G.pdf

all three seem to have the same specs regarding the matching.

Yesterday, i had left the kingston stick out of the PC and still got a BSoD, when exiting my game. I also experienced the minor lag that had forced me to go from 2x2GB to 3x2GB in the first place.

My thought now, taking into acount the 1-2-4 DIMM suggestion, the 2x4GB, the fact that i read somewhere that my MOBO's main DIMMS are 1-3, and the Lag, is that I have a chance to solve my problem with the 8GB kit.

The Main DIMM are probably 1, 3 not 1 through 3. Basically on this motherboard that is the primary channel. Other motherboard might list the primary channel differently. On my motherboard its 2, 4.

4GB may not be enough RAM for the system to operate smoothly. I know its not on a Windows 10 system with a IGP active.

Confirmed:
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