Why is my 6GB RAM DDR2 running at only 344 MHz?

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#1 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -

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Is this normal? Any way I can increase it? I have OCZ 6 GB DDR2

#2 Posted by Blicen (1810 posts) -

DDR = Double Data rate, the DRAM freq needs to be doubled to list the actual clock speed.

So you're running at about 666mhz+ ofPC2-5300 ram.

#3 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -

DDR = Double Data rate, the clock speed needs to be doubled to list the actual clock speed.

So you're running at about 666mhz+ ofPC2-5300 ram.

Blicen
So is 666 MHz the amount I should be running at? It seems kind of low.
#4 Posted by Blicen (1810 posts) -
[QUOTE="Blicen"]

DDR = Double Data rate, the clock speed needs to be doubled to list the actual clock speed.

So you're running at about 666mhz+ ofPC2-5300 ram.

Chiddaling
So is 666 MHz the amount I should be running at? It seems kind of low.

Its normal for your ram.
#5 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -
[QUOTE="Chiddaling"][QUOTE="Blicen"]

DDR = Double Data rate, the clock speed needs to be doubled to list the actual clock speed.

So you're running at about 666mhz+ ofPC2-5300 ram.

Blicen
So is 666 MHz the amount I should be running at? It seems kind of low.

Its normal for your ram.

Ok, cool. Thanks for the quick reply :)
#6 Posted by brandojones (3103 posts) -

I looked up your memory. If it's this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227419), then it should be running at 533MHz. Unless your motherboard doesn't support it. Which it probably should...

#7 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -

I looked up your memory. If it's this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227419), then it should be running at 533MHz. Unless your motherboard doesn't support it. Which it probably should...

brandojones

I think this one is mine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

When I bought my PC, I started with the 4gb, I added the extra 2gb later. I think this is the 4gb one I bought.

#8 Posted by brandojones (3103 posts) -

[QUOTE="brandojones"]

I looked up your memory. If it's this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227419), then it should be running at 533MHz. Unless your motherboard doesn't support it. Which it probably should...

Chiddaling

I think this one is mine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

When I bought my PC, I started with the 4gb, I added the extra 2gb later. I think this is the 4gb one I bought.

Well it looks like it should be about 400MHz then right? I'm not an expert so don't take my word for it. hah. I'm not sure if the speed stays the same with the extra added memory or not. Make sure you don't have your windows power settings set to 'balanced'. That might automatically underclock it. Only when you're not using as much though.

#9 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -

[QUOTE="Chiddaling"]

[QUOTE="brandojones"]

I looked up your memory. If it's this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227419), then it should be running at 533MHz. Unless your motherboard doesn't support it. Which it probably should...

brandojones

I think this one is mine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

When I bought my PC, I started with the 4gb, I added the extra 2gb later. I think this is the 4gb one I bought.

Well it looks like it should be about 400MHz then right? I'm not an expert so don't take my word for it. hah. I'm not sure if the speed stays the same with the extra added memory or not. Make sure you don't have your windows power settings set to 'balanced'. That might automatically underclock it. Only when you're not using as much though.

Just checked, it was on balanced.
#10 Posted by C_Rule (9812 posts) -

[QUOTE="brandojones"]

I looked up your memory. If it's this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227419), then it should be running at 533MHz. Unless your motherboard doesn't support it. Which it probably should...

Chiddaling

I think this one is mine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

When I bought my PC, I started with the 4gb, I added the extra 2gb later. I think this is the 4gb one I bought.

Did you add two 1GB sticks or one 2GB stick? If you did the latter, you won't be able to use dual channel memory.
#11 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -
[QUOTE="Chiddaling"]

[QUOTE="brandojones"]

I looked up your memory. If it's this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227419), then it should be running at 533MHz. Unless your motherboard doesn't support it. Which it probably should...

C_Rule

I think this one is mine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

When I bought my PC, I started with the 4gb, I added the extra 2gb later. I think this is the 4gb one I bought.

Did you add two 1GB sticks or one 2GB stick? If you did the latter, you won't be able to use dual channel memory.

I added one 2gb stick.
#12 Posted by ionusX (25716 posts) -

[QUOTE="C_Rule"][QUOTE="Chiddaling"] I think this one is mine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227296

When I bought my PC, I started with the 4gb, I added the extra 2gb later. I think this is the 4gb one I bought.

Chiddaling

Did you add two 1GB sticks or one 2GB stick? If you did the latter, you won't be able to use dual channel memory.

I added one 2gb stick.

then its single channel and its running balanced mode. its more than fine though my ddr2 runs @ 400mhz (800)

#13 Posted by kraken2109 (13208 posts) -

[QUOTE="Chiddaling"][QUOTE="C_Rule"] Did you add two 1GB sticks or one 2GB stick? If you did the latter, you won't be able to use dual channel memory.ionusX

I added one 2gb stick.

then its single channel and its running balanced mode. its more than fine though my ddr2 runs @ 400mhz (800)

I have 3 2GB sticks and they're running at normal frequency (800mhz). Also CPU-Z says it's running in dual channel, guess i have a magic motherboard.
#14 Posted by metacritical (2535 posts) -
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-011965.htm#dual "Memory configuration for dual channel mode Dual channel mode can be achieved with two, three, or four DIMMs."
#15 Posted by Chiddaling (9106 posts) -
[QUOTE="ionusX"]

[QUOTE="Chiddaling"] I added one 2gb stick.kraken2109

then its single channel and its running balanced mode. its more than fine though my ddr2 runs @ 400mhz (800)

I have 3 2GB sticks and they're running at normal frequency (800mhz). Also CPU-Z says it's running in dual channel, guess i have a magic motherboard.

Speccy says im running in Dual Channel, as well.
#17 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20072 posts) -

I have two sticks 4GB running at 1600MHZ. I take it that's what being displayed, correct?

#18 Posted by ch5richards (2912 posts) -

I have two sticks 4GB running at 1600MHZ. I take it that's what being displayed, correct?

Hexagon_777
The speed is correct. But that shows you are in single channel mode instead of dual. If that is two sticks, then one stick needs to be put in a different slot. Check your manual to see which dimms need to be populated for dual channel mode.
#19 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20072 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hexagon_777"]

I have two sticks 4GB running at 1600MHZ. I take it that's what being displayed, correct?

ch5richards

The speed is correct. But that shows you are in single channel mode instead of dual. If that is two sticks, then one stick needs to be put in a different slot. Check your manual to see which dimms need to be populated for dual channel mode.

What is dual channel mode exactly? I mean, my computer recognizes that there are two sticks adding up to 8 GB so what benefit would dual channel mode bring?

#20 Posted by kraken2109 (13208 posts) -

[QUOTE="ch5richards"][QUOTE="Hexagon_777"]

I have two sticks 4GB running at 1600MHZ. I take it that's what being displayed, correct?

Hexagon_777

The speed is correct. But that shows you are in single channel mode instead of dual. If that is two sticks, then one stick needs to be put in a different slot. Check your manual to see which dimms need to be populated for dual channel mode.

What is dual channel mode exactly? I mean, my computer recognizes that there are two sticks adding up to 8 GB so what benefit would dual channel mode bring?

Dual channel treats the sticks separately whereas single channel treats it as one big piece of ram. Dual channel gives more memory bandwidth.
#21 Posted by JohnF111 (14107 posts) -

[QUOTE="ch5richards"][QUOTE="Hexagon_777"]

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I have two sticks 4GB running at 1600MHZ. I take it that's what being displayed, correct?

Hexagon_777

The speed is correct. But that shows you are in single channel mode instead of dual. If that is two sticks, then one stick needs to be put in a different slot. Check your manual to see which dimms need to be populated for dual channel mode.

What is dual channel mode exactly? I mean, my computer recognizes that there are two sticks adding up to 8 GB so what benefit would dual channel mode bring?

Realistically no real advantage, I switched my old rig from single channel to dual channel and found no noticeable improvement, all that really happened was that my WEI went up a few notches. There probably would have been SOME kind of improvement but nothing I could see. Maybe you'll see a change if you were to do it, it's simple enough just move your RAM to the right slot and you're done. No changing settings or anything.