@MordeaniisChaos: Do you mean the RAM that tested bad or the RAM that's still shows as being good? If you mean the RAM that's still good, it would have to stay inside another PC for several weeks, and even then it wouldn't matter, if it goes bad I know it's still the RAM, if it never goes bad in the other PC then I might just have good RAM or I needed more time with the test. There's no real way of knowing by just putting it in another PC. What I am doing is placing a new set of sticks in the PC, if both sticks go bad within the year then I can safely say I might have another hardware issue that doesn't involve RAM...or that I'm one of the unluckiest PC owners around. But, it doesn't matter, I don't have another desktop to test this theory.
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@MordeaniisChaos: I like using Corsair too, just went with Crucial this time.
Like I said before, it has to be a bad batch. My voltage and timing are correct, the speed is correct, bad sticks are coming from different modules, nothing is overheating, and all my monitoring software tells me that everything is good. I don't know what else it could be. If it were the motherboard then it would have to me more than one RAM module. I can't imagine it being the power supply since everything else is fine. I've never heard of a video game causing bad RAM, so I don't know.
@Morello: Thanks for the info, I had no idea G.Skill had a bad run. The funny thing is, out of my many years of building PCs, I've never really had too much of an issue with RAM, besides a couple DOA and one of my friends who decided to go too far on the cheap side, all the RAM I've purchased has just worked. I'll just call this bad luck and move on.
@Devildoll: Yeah, I always look into the manual of the motherboad to see recommended RAM layout and install accordingly. My only issue now is dropping this RAM down to 1600 to run with the new sticks. I've never had a reason to drop the speed of RAM, so I hope all goes well.
@Devildoll: I thought about that, but no, I used different slots. The first pair happened about 8 months ago, and then the last two happened within a month from each other. It can't be the slot because I left that particular module empty. I was running four, now I'm running two, and my motherboard runs on the 1155 platform. I really do think I just got a bad patch from Newegg.
I have gotten a response from G.Skill. I made it very clear that I wasn't going to be doing a RMA unless postage was paid to and from me, after all, I have spent way more than a customer should on returning a product. The response I was given gave no comfort, and so I was basically forced to purchase some new RAM. This time I went with a company I know and trust, Crucial. I don't like using different brands of RAM at the same time, but I'm going to make an exception.
@Franstone: My problem is, this is the forth stick in a year. I understood the first bad stick, and started to get a little irritated with the second, but after the third and forth, my patience, time, and effort are wearing thin, and to be honest, having this be the forth doesn't give me much confidence in the company itself. If this happens to be a fault of some other hardware then I'll look back at this post and my feelings toward the company with regret, but everything else works fine, and I honestly haven't a clue what, if anything could be causing RAM to go bad. I don't overclock, both my motherboard and powersupply are fairly new and not cheap. I've tested each RAM slot on the motherboard several times, all four are good. I've checked voltage to the RAM and that checks out as well. Nothing overheats on the motherboard. My only option, that I'm aware of, is to buy new sticks and wait to see if they go bad within a year.
@Ravenlight: Nope, no other power supply than the 1000W Silent Pro Gold I'm using. If it were a voltage issue, wouldn't it mess up more than just my RAM? I mean, there is no dedicated power source going directly to the RAM, so I'd assume RAM is sharing the power that the motherboard is using. Also, wouldn't I see more of a problem sooner? I've went 8 months without a single notion that something could be wrong.
For those that remember my last thread asking questions on RAM speeds, I have another question I'd like to ask. After the latest Guild Wars 2 update and still getting errors, I finally decided to try moving the game over to the SSD again, since I was getting a different error after each crash. Low and behold it seemed to work. I played for a little while without a single crash and was loving every second of it. My guild was having an event last night and I wanted to participate. Loaded the game and got the BSOD. Now, I always contribute the awful BSOD with faulty RAM, but was having a hard time believing it since I just tested all sticks a couple of weeks ago. I tried my best to join up with my guild buddies but after 5 BSOD I gave up. This morning I started up Memtest86, and out of my three sticks, awaiting my forth to come back to me from G.Skill, apparently one or more shown errors. So, I started testing each stick at a time, and then was going to move to each RAM slot if no errors shown. Each stick takes around 13 minutes for Memtest to go through, but on the last stick shown 1 error at 9 minutes and then busted out all the rest of the errors at 24 minutes. Do faulty sitcks take longer to test within the program? I have never seen Memtest take so long to test a stick of RAM, is what I'm witnessing normal? Also, a quick question to those that have G.Skill RAM. Have any of you had issues with your RAM? I'm very close to trashing all sticks and just buying a new set, since this is my forth stick to go bad on me in less than a year. Does anyone have any recommendations of brands of RAM?
@Devildoll: You're right, my motherboard specifically states that anything over 1600 is overclocked speeds. Next time I'll take note, and spend a little less on RAM that doesn't need to be overclocked. Guess this is customer error. At least I know for future reference, and will not make this mistake again.
@Eurobum: I know about Memtest86, I run it on a semi-regular basis after getting this RAM, which I've had to replace three times this year.
Since writing in this forum, I've come to the conclusion of my problem not being RAM related. Though, my PC seems to run more smoothly with my RAM set below what I believe should be default settings. I do appreciate the info, I did learn a bit. I was just curious over speeds, since Anet kept telling me that I had overclocked RAM, and when I hadn't tweaked this machine, I was having a bit of a hard time understanding how the RAM I purchased could be really set for a different, lower speed than what I paid. I understand about overclocking and why some people do it, but I'm not one of those people. No where on Newegg did the RAM I purchased say "overclocked to 1866", and so nowhere should it tell me that the default speed is 1600.