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Old August 12, 2007, 11:16 AM
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Exclamation Striker Extreme + 8500 Ballistix Tracer Don't play nice?

Hey Everyone :)

I have been getting some new things here and there, and just recently I have purchased the Ballistix Tracer memory PC2-8500 and a beautiful Tagan Black Pearl case...after installation of the memory and only a very slight OC, they wouldn't last more than 5-6 hours before my machine would start to slow and lock up. I took off my panel and the Ballistix was super hot. So I bought some Dominator fans and that doubled the time it took for the memory to overheat. I set it back to stock settings and it didn't help much at all. So I put my patriot back in and they are fine even though they are DDR2-800 running at 1066 with 2.3 volts...they are warm to the touch but not HOT like the Ballistix.

I have:

Asus Striker Extreme 680i
E6420 @ 3.4 - Zalman 9700
Corsair 620HX

And well, everything else shouldn't effect the memory.

Does anyone think I just got a bad batch, or is it a special Striker 680i thing? The memory looks hawt in my case, but the darn things are just too hot...even with the dominator fans blasting them...

Thanks :)
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Old August 12, 2007, 12:00 PM
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Many folks seem to think that the crucial's shouldn't be given more than 2.2.

Have you tried running them a bit lower volts than your patriot ram?

It's possible that the striker overvolts the ram by default, or that it's running higher VDram than is listed in the bios.

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Old August 12, 2007, 12:04 PM
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I have tried everything from 2v-2.5v...doesn't help much. I will see about the overvolt settings as well...might try changing a few more settings, but as I said, even on stock settings they get VERY hot...

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Old August 23, 2007, 05:24 PM
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I think your problem resides with the overheating of the ram. I have a pair of crucial ballistix pc6400 ram and I overclocked it to DDR2-1125 at 5-5-5-15-29. I have to put 2.3 volts to make it stable. At 2.1 volts they were already very very hot and memtest gave me alot of errors. So I put 4 pieces of double sided mounting tape and mounted a 60mm fan right on top of the ram. Now not only are they cool and fast, rest of the motherboard also saw some temperature drop. So I would recommend some kind of fan blowing on your ram, then try to put 2.5v on them. I think tracers are rated at 2.5v aren't they?
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