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BSODs. No Warning. No known triggers. Many Browser crashes

  1. #11


    Posts : 23
    8.1 Pro


    Wait... are you saying that Digital Storm sold me a PC with memory sticks that aren't identical?

    When you say "get a kit", what does that mean?

    Many thanks!

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  2. #12



    BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
    Posts : 2,232
    Windows 10 Pro


    Take a look at the SPD images of CPU-Z, there is a lot of differences between the RAM sticks. If it's sold as a custom build by a shop, they have taken random sticks without paying enough attention.

    A kit implies multiple RAM sticks with the exact same make and model that have been tested with each other.
    Every piece of hardware is different, even if it is the same make and model but not tested as a kit it is not guaranteed to be working as expected.
    Most preferable a kit that is on the QVL list of the motherboard.

    It is comparable with 2 systems that have the exact same hardware parts and software installations. They look like each other, but quite often only 1 of them is having problems, there will always be something that is different what makes them 2 different systems.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 23
    8.1 Pro


    OK, I'm starting to understand.

    Where did CPU-Z get the information it gets? Does it read some identifying data directly from the sticks, or does it perform a test on them and divine the performance specs based on the test?

    I've ordered a Corsair kit. Naturally, I will run CPU-Z on the kit. What differences should I be looking out/most concerned for?

    Again, many thanks!
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  4. #14



    BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
    Posts : 2,232
    Windows 10 Pro


    Physically each module should have a sticker on it which tells you what the model is, if each character is the same on other modules it gives an indication. If any character is different, it has different specs.

    Screenshots of my RAM, everything is the same but the serial number.
    What to check for:
    - part number (model)
    - bandwidth (designed frequency)
    - timings table
    • frequency
    • voltage

    Click image for larger version

    NOTE: the timings table usually has 4 columns which indicate profiles, these profiles are XMP (overclock) profiles.
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