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Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit,
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Purchased this kit to compliment a new build using a Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 m/b, AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU. Common to this and many other m/b's bios, the ram is initially recognized in bios as 1333MHz rather than this rams rated 1600MHz. Going into BIOS, 2 clicks of the mouse rectified that. For those only wanting or just starting out with 8GB of ram this kit is ideal. Two 4gb sticks using only 2 memory slots is more efficient than spreading the 8gb's over the four slots. My most immediate concern was compatibility with my M/B for it was not one listed as being tested for compatibility. I'm happy to report it is fully compatible with no issues. It thouroughly passed memtest, and my system has been running fast and stable since the day my build was born, about 2weeks now. O/S boot up is fast, opening applications is fast and multitasking is not a problem, but then I am running a 6 core CPU as well. I rather like the blue colored heatsinks, matches my board quite nicely but that's only cosmetically important, what counts is my PC's processing speed and stabilty and that earns this ram 5 stars, I couldn't be more pleased. I don't ever see the need to add another kit to make it 16gb but if that day should arise I would not hesitate to make this purchase once again. I highly recommend it. Fast, stable, fair price,the best warranty, no need to say more. Other than go ahead, buy it.
Update: 8/17/2011 I've added another one of these kits to my system to max out my board at 16gb. As expected, the additional ram did not notably increase my system performance. My reasoning behind adding the extra ram was because I could and I got a gold box deal on it. That being said, my initial review still stands in every aspect. Corsair ram rocks.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2011 11:05:32 PM PDT
how did you switch it to 1600? my board says its compatible... but it reads it at 1333... so how do i get it to read properly, also this is my board
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011 8:07:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2011 8:10:46 AM PDT
W. Rehs says:
1. Boot into BIOS
2. In BIOS, Select MB Intelligent Tweaker
3. Scroll Down to "Set Memory Clock" Select "Manual"
4. Open "Memory Clock" Select: (x8.00)
Once you made that selection 1600mhz should display to the right.
5. Press F10 to save & exit setup or go to main menu and select Save & Exit setup.
I wrote these directions assuming you had never done so before. It's actually quite easy. Enjoy
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 10:26:19 AM PST
Thanks for the reply, does this count as an overclock? I mean, does the power required change?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 10:53:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2012 12:40:19 AM PDT
W. Rehs says:
No, you are not overclocking, 1600mhz is the default (recommended clockspeed for this ram)
This ram by specification, operates at 1.5v when clocked at 1600mhz, thus not requiring a voltage increase. Furthermore, if a voltage increase were required, and assuming all other memory settings (other than clock speed that you had changed to manual) are still set to auto, your bios would had automatically adjusted the power.
In summary, adjusting your ram to run at 1600mhz, requires no other changes to your bios's memory settings. You are good to go.
To set your memory clock to any setting above 1600mhz would be overclocking, thus may or may not require additional changes to your memory settings in bios such as timing, latency, voltage etc.
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