Phenom x4 Problems, considering smahing it with hammer.

Rockjay420

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Hello, I am desperate, and I will do anything (ANYTHING) to get this setup working for a friend before I leave for the summer.
I bought
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333EL

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX925WFGMBOX

BIOSTAR TA880GB+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

XIGMATEK BALDER SD1283 120mm Long Life CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 AMD compatible, w/ bracket ACK-I5361

The main problem is that even at stock voltages/clocks, the setup will always post, and boot windows, but fails prime 95 instantly, and blue screens under load.
At stock voltages, speed, and SPD timings, the Ram will fail memtest with a #&$load of errors on the 4th test.

I am not inclined to believe that the brand new memory is dead, and frankly i dont have any other DDR3 to test with. I think there is some mystic set of cmos values that I need to enter for a stable baseline from which to OC from

At one point I had it working great with +.150mv vcore, +.100mv NB-HT, HT Link 2.0ghz
HT Width 16, HT clock 250 (3.499GHZ), RAM 1066, 9-9-9-24 @ 55 deg C under load

The memory is wierd, its rated at 9-9-9-24 however with no configuration the board will run the sticks at 7-7-7-15

I really need to get this sorted out, before I leave in next week for tahoe. I apreciate any help you guys can give me.
 

Tsumi

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The motherboard setting it to 7-7-7-15 is your most likely culprit. Set the memory speed to 9-9-9-24 with 1066 frequency, and see what happens. Memtest errors usually indicate bad memory or bad memory overclock.

When you had it working good, I'm assuming it was a different set of RAM? Then that means your brand new RAM set is bad. It's unlikely, but it happens, and you probably were unlucky. Do you have any means of testing the RAM in a different setup? Just because it's new, you cannot get stuck in the mindset that it must be good. I had Corsair RAM that had one stick DOA.
 

Rockjay420

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the ram timing are something else, my board gives me 14 different timings, is it alright to just set the cas, trcd, trp, tras @ 9-9-9-24 and leave the rest of the settings (rrd, faw, rfc, etc) on AUTO? Because, I've Already tried that with no success.

unfortunately, I do not know anyone with ddr3 setup, but im looking.
 

Tsumi

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Try upgrading the bios on the motherboard and see if that helps. Motherboards by default usually set RAM to 1066 mhz and 9-9-9-24 or 9-9-9-27 timings to ensure compatibility, so the 7-7-7-15 timing is really weird.
 
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