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Old July 21, 2012, 01:57 PM
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Default Can I & should I upgrade my RAM?

Hi guys,

I'm currently running four sticks of G. Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9-2GBRL (= 8GB RAM total). Ever since the beginning, I've been getting random BSODs, but lately, it's been more frequent. Most of the BSODs says PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA, which apparently means either bad memory or bad hdd. Now, I've done several disk checks to rule out hdd failure, and so I'm guessing that it's the ram that need replacing (I ran memtest86+ two passes, but no errors, either).

Having said that, I also just found out that I should have set BIOS AI Tweaker to XMP (extreme memory profile), which I never did in the beginning, and so I have been limited to DDR3-1333 instead of the full 1600 speeds. Could this have been what caused the BSODs?

If XMP isn't going to fix it, then that I means I need new ram sticks. I can't find the same sticks anymore, but I did find G. Skill Ripjaws X-series F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (two sticks x 4GB each). However, my mobo, P7P55D Pro, isn't listed on the G. Skill official site under qualified mobo list. I'm thinking that this won't matter since it's still DDR3-1600.

So my questions are as follows:

1) Do most of you agree that it's the memory that needs replacing, and not just the matter of switching to XMP?
2) And if so, will the new sticks be compatible with my i5 and P7P55D Pro mobo?
3) And, is the new ram at least as good performance wise as my old ram?

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