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ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby stillcool » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:25 am

I've been lucky enough to be offered another rig, this one is a Cooler Master case with Cooler Master PSU, ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 board with 8GB Corsair CMX4GX3M2A 1600MHz ram, 2 x 2x2GB kit, Samsung BD Reader/Everything else writer, 2TB WD Green HDD, 23" Samsung Monitor and loads of other crap inc a scanner/printer that works in 64 bit windows. It came from an old folks home believe it or not but the photos of it's original owner wouldn't back that up so I expect it's stolen ! :o It was £80 cash.

The problem I'm having is the ram that was in the machine, it's Corsair which is good but only shows up as 2GB per stick even though it's 4GB, I've looked around the web for answers and all I've read is "it's not in right" and "it's not compatible", which is not the case, ASUS do a compatibility list for ram and it is in it as you can see, I've tried each stick on it's own and they show as 2GB in all 4 slots, so it's not the ram or bent pins I'm certain.

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There is a micro switch on the board marked "MEM OK DRAM LED" but that just resets the BIOS so far and doesn't change the ram.

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I know it's a great board with tons of overclocking tweaks and loads of processors supported, I just need my ram working correctly, what have I missed ?
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby Sabkahn » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:43 am

Everything is fine as it should be. The 4GB (2x2GB) just means that it was originaly packed as a Kit with 2 Sticks with 2 GB each. To get to 8GB you would need 2 Kits / 4 Sticks of this. If you have only 2 Sticks I would guess the seller misunderstood the labeling of the RAM and assumed that it is 4GB per Stick.
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby stillcool » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:46 am

Thanks for the quick reply. Are you sure, it does say 4GB on the sticks and I'm getting 4GB total.

If it is the case, I need more ram, could you recommend some decent stuff, 16GB I think, I will be playing a few newer games on this.
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby ZX81v2 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:58 am

Check your BIOS...

I had a quad core years ago which you had to turn ON the memory slots....
If they were not set, they were not read....

Doubt this is the issue, but worth checking
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby Sabkahn » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:00 pm

Yep, pretty sure. That´s just the kinda confusing way how Corsair labels those Sticks. If it where 4GB per Stick it would either say "4GB (1x4GB)" if it was bought as a single Stick or "8GB (2x4GB)" if it was from a Kit. See the 2nd pictures on Newegg for that RAM as a reference.

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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby stillcool » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:07 pm

Sabkahn wrote:Yep, pretty sure. That´s just the kinda confusing way how Corsair labels those Sticks. If it where 4GB per Stick it would either say "4GB (1x4GB)" if it was bought as a single Stick or "8GB (2x4GB)" if it was from a Kit. See the 2nd pictures on Newegg for that RAM as a reference.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 0ZX2CA9474


Yep you're bang on the money Sabkahn, that's really misleading, just been reading up on Corsair ram on Amazon and fleabay and am open to suggestions for 16GB now + I'll MX-4 my new toy while I have the panel off at the same time.

Thanks guys.
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby maxpc » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:13 pm

That's a really sweet deal you got! :mrgreen:

Sure wish I could come across something like that.
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby Sabkahn » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:16 pm

Just get the total amount you want in either a single Kit (2x8GB) or 2 Identical Kit´s (2 Kit´s 2x4GB) of the same model and brand, depending on wich option is cheaper to get, but usualy, at least if bought new, the difference shouldn´t be too big. Other than it doesn´t really matter as long as it´s supported by your Board and BIOS, the Performance difference between basic RAM and Premium Gaming Stuff is IMO not worth the price premium for the later, however RAM with XMP support can be worth it if you plan to Overclock your System, again depending on if Mainboard and BIOS support overclocking and XMP.
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby stillcool » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:41 pm

maxpc wrote:That's a really sweet deal you got! :mrgreen:

Sure wish I could come across something like that.


I'm always doing favours for people, upgrading here, fresh windows install there, like you do and I never charge so I get stuff, normally it's old stuff of not much use but sometimes not, last week I got this just for installing his new one, this 'had' a noisy fan or fans, I put a tiny bit of sewing machine oil in the bearings and hopefully it will last a while or it's new fans. It's a Radeon R9 390 8GB DDR5 video card and it just fits the new rig with about 5mm to spare, I'm just waiting for the DVI 24+1 adaptor for it now and then it's in.
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Sabkahn wrote:Just get the total amount you want in either a single Kit (2x8GB) or 2 Identical Kit´s (2 Kit´s 2x4GB) of the same model and brand, depending on wich option is cheaper to get, but usualy, at least if bought new, the difference shouldn´t be too big. Other than it doesn´t really matter as long as it´s supported by your Board and BIOS, the Performance difference between basic RAM and Premium Gaming Stuff is IMO not worth the price premium for the later, however RAM with XMP support can be worth it if you plan to Overclock your System, again depending on if Mainboard and BIOS support overclocking and XMP.


Thanks again Sabkahn, I'll start pricing up then. :cheers:
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby oldxbox75 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:44 pm

That's what I as thinking check the bios settings.
or possibly even update the bios to a newer revision if you are able to get a bios for it
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby shiva2004 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:07 pm

As others have said it's a 4GB kit, two sticks of 2GB each. It's very usual to label memory like that, and Kingston for example make this even more confusing, kvr1333d3n9/4g is a 4GB module while kvr1333d3n9k2/4g is a 4GB kit; in fact eBay is full of people misreading memory and announcing 4GB kits as 8GB and things like that.

As for memory, I like Kingston KVR for regular, cheap memory or G-Skill and Corsair for better stuff, but in fact if you stick with well known brands there's barely any bad ram in the market today. If you want 16GB I'll recommend to pick two 8GB modules better than 4x4, it's easier on the system.
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Re: ASUS Dual Channel Board Won't See Compatible Ram

Postby erik1977 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:25 pm

Yes, those ram kits have confused a lot of people over the years, including me. :D
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