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Old 01-05-2008, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ram OC, is it a dud?

Hey all, sorry for the post in the overclocking forum, but I think this is the more appropriate forum to post this.

I recently have been overclocking the computer in my sig. I just got my zalman and other cooling today, so I decided to push it.

Well, I built this about a year ago and originally only had 1 stick of ram. When prices dropped from 105 to 75, I bought a 2nd stick. (They are now only 28 bucks ). Originally I had a baby OC from 2.13ghz to 2.56ghz on the stock cooling. When I got the 2nd stick of memory the highest I could go on stock settings was 2.4ghz, and when I tried 320x8 it wouldnt work anymore.

Anyway, Now that I have got the zalman, I have had the same problem. When I have both sticks the very highest I can get is 313x8 2.504ghz, and then the problems arise. So.. i remembered back when I just had the 1 stick, and tested it.

To make a long story short, With the first single stick I can crank it EASY to 400x8 3.2ghz and probably can go further but theres no need.. When i try the 2nd stick I can't even get close to that. They are the same EXACT model, the only difference is I ordered them about 4 months apart. This is the ram:

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail

Anyway, what would cause 1 stick to OC like a champ, and the other to be an OCing dud. And more importantly is there anything I can do? If worse comes to worse I have $14 left on a gift certificate to newegg.. and I could just buy a new stick.. but I really don't want to just toss 75 bucks down the drain because its a bum stick.

Now I checked my newegg account and it still lets me select a return/exchange from the ram, would that work? Or is newegg like everyone else and I can't use bad overclocking problems as an excuse to exchange it for a new stick? Also, instead of just buying the new stick, would there be any way to buy a stick for 28 bucks, and then RMAing it but sending the bad stick back instead of the good stick? Saves a few bucks I guess.. but still 50 bucks down the drain..

Any help is appreciated and again sorry for the post in the overclocking forum as well ><

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