I recently bought a stick of PC2700 Corsair Ram and its only being detected as 2100. Also my benchies are around 1870/1781 on Sandra. Is this normal? If not, how can I get it to run at the speed it should run at.
Fortunately you can correct that in the BIOS, just because you install PC2700 doesn't mean it runs or is recognized as PC2700.
There are 3 settings in the BIOS which will determine the speed of RAM(By SPD-which reflects the current FSB, 133MHz, or 166MHz)
The default setting for the DRAM Clock is "By Speed" so your memory would run and display at PC2100 because the default FSB is 133MHZ and even though you crancked the FSB to 140MHz, it won't change the DRAM Clock until you hit 166FSB.
Here is how to change that:
1. Enter your BIOS
2. Go to Advanced Chipset Features
3. Go to DRAM Clock/Drive Control
4. Select DRAM Clock
5. Select 166MHz as the DRAM Clock speed
6. F10/Save & Exit
I was generalizing, since with the EPoX is will override the By SPD, which although most memory have this added features there are still some that do not...
If I understand it correctly it actually works like this: Serial presence detect (SPD) is information stored in an EPROM chip on a memory module that tells the BIOS the module's size, data width, speed, and voltage. The BIOS uses this information to configure the memory properly for maximum reliability and performance. If a memory module does not have SPD, the BIOS assumes the memory module's information. Which appears to be the case here.
To take this one step further, have any of you used WPCredit to tweak beyond BIOS settings