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The_Emard

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Jan 13, 2021
Hi ! When I built my PC (First Quarter of 2018) I bought the following ram because I thought it was the best money can buy:

Corsair #CMK32GX4M2F4000C19
(My goal was to run it at 4000 MHZ C19)

I was very disappointed to find out that Threadripper's ram compatibility was no great.
(I've got a AMD TR 1950X with an ASUS Zenith Extreme)

So the memory ran @ 2133 for 2018, 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
(Until I found out about the Ryzen Memory Timing and Overclock Utility)

With the most recent Bios from Asus and the app, I managed to get the RAM to run @ 3200 mhz.
I'd say it was mostly stable but some times it still crashed. (Even after no crash from 24 hrs of memtest)

The ram's timing was the following:

15-18-18-18-36

Had to go up to 1.36 V and enable PDM and GDM.

These were the results I got from PassMark:

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Now, knowing that the ram had very bad timing and was not 100% stable and that it's suggested to use G.Skill 3200 C14 Ram for my exact setup, I decided to get the following kit:

G.SKILL #F4-3200C14Q-32GTZR
(My goal this time was to run it at least at 3200 MHZ C14)

So searching around I found about the Stilt's Fast 3200 MHZ DOCP Settings and decided to give it a try as my first testé

Now the ram's timing it the following:

13-14-14-14-??

The strange part about all this is I got the following results from PassMark:

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Anybody has any idea as to why everything goes up from the previous benchmark using the corsair ram but the actual G.Skill Ram gets a lower score with higher latency?

I really don't get it... how can you can install new ram with the same speed but way better timing, get an awesome gain on everything but the ram.... which get's a worse score?

(Also, the corsair ram ran dual Single Channel and were dual ranks but the G.Skill runs Quad Channel and are single rank.)

Can anybody give me an explanation?

Thank you :)
 
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Zerileous

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Jun 21, 2002
To be honest I'm pretty sure it's all academic, unless you're in very specific circumstances it won't make a real world difference. It could come down to dual vs single rank, but more likely it comes down to sub-timings. The board is probably setting them automatically and may be using more relaxed subtimings in order to achieve (or what it thinks it needs in order to achieve) the primary timings you have set. For example, my system can run 3733 CL16, however tRFC needs to be over 600 and the command rate to 2T. Ultimately 3733 CL18 with tRFC of 420 and 1T command rate gives better performance (in memory sensitive competitive benchmarks, again all academic).

The other scores probably went up due to increased memory bandwidth, from going to quad from dual channel.
 
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The_Emard

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I also thought this was the case as nothing was left on auto mode after manually setting the timings for the corsair ram.

Maybe I'll try to input everything manually using the Ryzen Timing Calculator with the G.Skill as well.

Thanks :)
 

Zerileous

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You can also adjust them yourself by making incremental adjustments and testing for stability. The timing calculator can give you a rough idea but each system performs differently. This is probably why you had stability issues with the previous build. This time it may treat you better or it may not.
 
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The_Emard

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This is what I did with the previous build. Dialed everything according to calculator then made incremental adjustments while testing stability.

Best I could get was random crash while PC went to sleep mode or while shutting down.
In some rare cases I got BSOD while working.

Stopped making adjustments when I realized the timings would be so bad to get 100% stable that the solution was more compatible ram.