[Ma-linux] Testing RAM with MemTest86+
jhart at kevla.org
Thu Jul 8 16:01:09 EDT 2010
Hey, would you purchase a car if you knew that you could update from 15" to
17" tires, but you would only be able to mount 3 tires. I doubt it.
Not only that, but 10 years ago vendors would tell you in the manual valid
configuration options. For 32MB do this, for 64MB do this. I don't see that
anymore, as least from my two Gigabyte manuals..
Not only that, but trying to research Dual Channel vs Non Dual Channel, double
sided vs. single sided memory is not always clear. A double sided stick can
have chips only on one side. WTF???
I got to get back to work now.
> Prepare to be surprised...
> Not only to the i7 boards use triple channel memory (3 sticks), but many new
> boards only support certain weird memory configurations
> For example, on the ASUS P6X58D, if you want to use DDR3-1600 memory, you can
> only populate 3 of the 6 slots
> From: Jay Hart <jhart at kevla.org>
> To: James Ewing Cottrell 3rd <JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET>
> Cc: ma-linux at calypso.tux.org
> Sent: Thu, July 8, 2010 1:48:20 PM
> Subject: Re: [Ma-linux] Testing RAM with MemTest86+
> Yeah, one would think if you have four slots that 4 matched sticks would be
> the primo situation. In my case, with my board, you would be wasting your
> money. I'm not a 100% sure that three matched sticks would work.
> When I called Gigabyte on Tuesday, they were less then helpful. I thought I
> asked simple questions like "I have a GA-7N400 Pro2 Rev 2.x board, I have a
> matched pair of 512MB RAM and a single 1 GB stick, they are all 2.5v PC3200
> modules, known to work with your board. What is the preferred installation
> configuration for this combination? What slots should I use"
> I couldn't get an answer from them...
> I bought the single 1GB stick due to the configuration options given to me
> from reviewing the manual. I knew that another matched set would not work,
> and love my Mushkin memory.
> Needless to say, you better believe I'm going to ensure the next board I buy
> with four slots better be able to take four identical sticks...
>> I'm kind of with Nick here, except that I have never seen home equipment
>> that barfed on only one stick. One lets you sell cheap systems. Two is
>> for people with a bit more money. But if you have enough to buy three,
>> you can darn well buy four. Three is Just Weird.
>> P.S. I still think "You Just Ain't Livin Right".
>> On 7/8/2010 9:52 AM, Jay Hart wrote:
>>> 4 matched sticks on my board will not work, if you can believe that.
>>> I have a Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 Rev 2.x board. If you can figure a way for
>>> matched pairs, you be the man!!!!
>>>> If I tried to use 1 stick, or 3 sticks, it was wonky.
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