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Corsair XMS3200 always runs as DDR333 on K8T
« on: 17-January-04, 14:02:53 »

Hi all

What a day! Spent 3 hours this morning trying to install XP on the Athlon 3200+ and K8T. Every time Windows started copying the files it would lock. In the end I noticed that the brand new board didn't have the October BIOS but the August one! Don't they change the BIOS that boards ship with? After the BIOS update to 1.1 and using the XMS3200 on Auto I was then able to install XP and spend 2 hours setting it up before it crashed and totally wiped out Windows. After loads of reading on the web I set the memory speeds to 2-6-3-3 and the voltage to 2.7v, reinstalled, and since then I've been running OK for 4 hours...

Anyway, that leaves me with just one problem (apart from the constant fear of another crash). Since the start my single 512MB XMS3200 DIMM has shown up on the boot screen as DDR333. Initially I assumed this was OK, as it was really a PC2700 with overclocking potential. But this seems to be the first board where you can't over-ride the speed of the memory that the board choses. I've seen the Memclock Limit, but this is a maximum limit, not a minimum. With this at DDR400 I still run at DDR333. True enough, CPU-Z confirms the memory as "Corsair DDR-SDRAM PC2700 - 512 MB".

What's going? Can I really not force the motherboard to run this at DDR400? At the moment I'm getting exactly the same benchmarks as the PC I've just upgraded from!!!

Thanks in advance.
Tim
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« Reply #1 on: 17-January-04, 15:50:08 »

Maybe the ram is wrongly labeled?
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« Reply #2 on: 17-January-04, 15:56:19 »

I guess it *could* be, but I was running it at 375 before in my old PC with no problems. It's the platinum version, and all the printing on the heat spreaders and stickers state it's XMS3200.

I guess there were 2 point to my post. Firstly, even it *was* bought as XMS2700, why is there no BIOS option to run it at 400 (every other BIOS I've used just has a dropdown for memory speed), and secondly, what is that identifies a memory stick as a certain speed? Before the offical spec for DDR400, all PC3200 sticks were really just PC2700 which the manufacturer guaranteed would run faster weren't they?

One other thing, prior to flashing the BIOS to 1.1 I dropped in some new TwinMOS DDR400. That came up as DDR333 too!  :(
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« Reply #3 on: 17-January-04, 16:14:04 »

Strange, very strange.....
Maybe the next BIOS will fix this?
As there are some weird memory problems going on with AMD 64 Bit CPU's that I can't explain....
It's more like a lottery then anything else...
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« Reply #4 on: 17-January-04, 17:23:58 »

I'm using the exact same memory but without problems.
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« Reply #5 on: 18-January-04, 05:52:13 »

zerox, so your board just identifies it as DDR400 straight away? You didn't have to chance any settings in the BIOS for it to happen??
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« Reply #6 on: 18-January-04, 06:35:23 »

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Originally posted by Bas
Maybe the next BIOS will fix this?

hmm
in almost every thread with almost any problem the only thing we hear is:

"The next bios fix it" or
"this is not Mainboard related, it's CPU related"

THAT'S strange

i hope MSI Devs are reading this forums???
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