I just bought and installed 4x1GB RAM, 533MHz - replacing 4x512MB sticks. Everything boots, and Cubase 6.5 performance is better than when I had 2GB of RAM installed.
What I noticed though is that Speccy reports that each stick is 266MHz, not the 533MHz. I even went so far as to take each stick out and look at it again - they are indeed labelled 533MHz. Task Manager and BIOS report 4 GB installed, but neither comments on the MHz. What do I believe - Speccy or the paper labels on my sticks? The BIOS does say, “Operating in Dual Channel Memory Mode” (the sticks are two-sided). Does that mean I am actually running at 266MHz, or at 266x2 = 533 MHz?
Also, after changing out the RAM, BIOS spontaneously made two changes in its configuration. I look at BIOS to follow temperatures, but I never make any changes. However, immediately after replacing the RAM sticks:
a) First, BIOS looked unchanged it booted up fine. I booted down.
b) Next time I booted up, however, the Advanced page was different - entire sections were missing, such as “The Place where you can check your Fan Controls”, and “The Place Where you Can check your System Temperatures and Fan RPMs”. I booted down.
c) After that, I connected my audio interface to my PCI-e Delta 66 sound card, and booted up once more - and BIOS looked normal again, as it has every time since.
- Finally, I looked closely at the RAM Product ID # just now. It is similar, but not identical to the Product # recommended for my motherboard on the RAM manufacturer website.
So, I’m wondering big time - should I return my RAM for sticks with the identical product # when I wake up tomorrow morning? Or am I ok?- weird BIOS changes and “266MHz” notwithstanding?
Thanks for any thoughts -