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Overclocking my motherboard for 1800 memory


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#1 Sleepieyed

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:20 AM

I recently purchased the ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard. I also purchased 2gb DDR3 1800 ram dual channel. The MB says it supports "1800 O.C.".


Using my computer knowledge and looking it up I came to the conclusion that this meant that I need to overclock my MB to use the 1800 speed of my ram.

It is currently running my ram as 1333 single channel. I dinked around in the BIOS to set my ram speed to 1800 but I couldn't figure it out.

I ordered 2gb more of this ram and I would like to get all 4gb up to 1800 dual channel.


I can supply more info if need be. Help/replies are appreciated.

(current computer specs)
Windows XP SP3
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800 (PC3 14400)
Antec 850W PS
NVIDIA Geforce 8600GT

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:16 AM

They are only pointing out that it can be overclocked, not that you need to.

Just for the record, overclocking can shorten the life of the device being overclocked. Manufacturers like HP, Dell... lock their BIOS so that their computers can't be overclocked because of the possibility of causing failures.

Obviously this is a decision that you will make for yourself.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:43 AM

"dc3" Thank you for your reply. I realize I don't have to overclock it. I would like to because my current ram speed is hindering my ability to work.

Is there a way to not overclock my MB but set the ram timing more quickly?

Also, could I change the single channel to dual channel without overclocking?

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:24 AM

If the two Kingston modules that are installed are matched (same make and model) then you are running in dual channel by default.

You can increase the amount of RAM and increase your performance. But you have a limitation of the amount of RAM that your operating system will recognize because of the 32-bit operating system. The Address Space in the operating system is 4GB, and out of this space there are other devices that use this space as well. This typically means that the amount of RAM that will be recognized afterward will be between 3.3GB and 3.5GB.

You could add two more of the same modules for a total of 4GB of RAM, it won't be a problem if the operating system doesn't recognize the total amount. In or to use the two modules and add more RAM you will need to add another pair in order to run dual channel.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:06 PM

Thank you "dc3" for the quick reply. Your posts have been deposited on the top of the memory banks :thumbsup:


One more question, I think. In my bios in ram timings, It gives me the option to run 800mhz 1333mhz 1600mhz. Can I run in 1600mhz and not blow anything up. I know I am currently running in 1333mhz

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:15 PM

I will defer to another member to make suggestions as my knowledge of overclocking is limited.

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