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    Quote Originally Posted by dataDave View Post
    If not I have a BIOS mod lined up that I'm willing to risk, so watch this space.
    You bet! You've got my curiosity piqued. Trailblazing!
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    Could someone tell me a good memory brand with the capcity of 8gb? I wanna upgrade my G74SX system from 16Gb RAM (4x4Gb) to 32Gb RAM (4x8Gb) but I dont know which are the bests brands to look for. On amazon I found a good price kit from komputerbay (I don,t know this brand) and I saw a corsair module too, could somebody tell me if they are good? Or indicate me another and where to buy (online)?
    Here are the links: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333MH...302791&sr=1-12
    http://www.amazon.com/Komputerbay-PC...pd_sim_sbs_e_2

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    Don't waste your $$: unless you don't mind paying an extra $40 just to see your WEI Memory score go up by 0.1, go for the 4 Corsairs @1333 MHz.
    I am using 4 of those exact ones in my G74 and it has performed flawlessly and fast since the upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fostert View Post
    Don't waste your $$: unless you don't mind paying an extra $40 just to see your WEI Memory score go up by 0.1, go for the 4 Corsairs @1333 MHz.
    I am using 4 of those exact ones in my G74 and it has performed flawlessly and fast since the upgrade.
    or you can just wait for a day or so , datadave is getting his system today and he would test a bio mod to have the g74sx detect all 4 slots running at 1600mhz , and if he succeeds we may even b able to run at any speed , needless to say we are all waiting to see his results.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilbert View Post
    or you can just wait for a day or so , datadave is getting his system today and he would test a bio mod to have the g74sx detect all 4 slots running at 1600mhz , and if he succeeds we may even b able to run at any speed , needless to say we are all waiting to see his results.......
    We all are? That might be a stretch....

    Nothing at all against datadave....I admire and share in his spirit of experimentation....but I wouldn't risk my system (or my warranty) on anybody's BIOS experiments. Considering the G-series' frustrating lack of a rescue option or backup when the BIOS is bricked, and considering how easily the BIOS does seem to brick in these machines, I just don't see any value in taking the risk, especially for a modification that won't make any noticeable difference in actual use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrodyBoy View Post
    We all are? That might be a stretch....

    Nothing at all against datadave....I admire and share in his spirit of experimentation....but I wouldn't risk my system (or my warranty) on anybody's BIOS experiments. Considering the G-series' frustrating lack of a rescue option or backup when the BIOS is bricked, and considering how easily the BIOS does seem to brick in these machines, I just don't see any value in taking the risk, especially for a modification that won't make any noticeable difference in actual use.
    LOL almost all of us , but i guess its all a matter of opinion, there is people using 16gb , 32gb and some people believe thats more then one will ever need , but we still do it anyways , yes flashing a mod bios is a big risk but people have done it and live , in the other hand there is people who have flash the official bios from asus trying to fix some problems and brick their machines , if it weren't for people like datadave taking risks we will haven't got this far in technology .......

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    I agree: risk is healthy and how progress is made. And especially with the G74: a machine that ASUS seems to have forgotten about and appears to no longer support through proper BIOS releases, well, risk is how we're going to be able to go forward with it rather than buying a G75. Yeah if Datadave is successful the performance increase will be minor, but it will be real, and may pave the way to extending the G74 beyond other ASUS-published limitations (e.g. 1.5TB limit of storage, for eg, comes to mind).
    That said while my warranty is active, like Brody I wouldn't take the risk; however if it was off and I could justify the potential performance increase in my own work with my G74, I probably would.
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    Ok, I decided to wait some bios great news =] before buy more ram. But now I have a question. My 16Gb RAM are 4x4Gb Kingston Hyper X DDR3 - PC3 12800 - 1600Mhz. But, when I run CPU-z, it shows dual chanel 665.xxMhz, which means 1330Mhz (right?). If I have a i7 2820QM which supports 1600Mhz, why are my 1600Mhz memory running at 1330? Can I do something to change it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvfmc View Post
    Ok, I decided to wait some bios great news =] before buy more ram. But now I have a question. My 16Gb RAM are 4x4Gb Kingston Hyper X DDR3 - PC3 12800 - 1600Mhz. But, when I run CPU-z, it shows dual chanel 665.xxMhz, which means 1330Mhz (right?). If I have a i7 2820QM which supports 1600Mhz, why are my 1600Mhz memory running at 1330? Can I do something to change it?
    you can try to mod your bios to get the 1600mhz to take effect Dave is already working on a bio mod and he got some great results , you may want to ask him to point you in the right direction.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvfmc View Post
    Ok, I decided to wait some bios great news =] before buy more ram. But now I have a question. My 16Gb RAM are 4x4Gb Kingston Hyper X DDR3 - PC3 12800 - 1600Mhz. But, when I run CPU-z, it shows dual chanel 665.xxMhz, which means 1330Mhz (right?). If I have a i7 2820QM which supports 1600Mhz, why are my 1600Mhz memory running at 1330? Can I do something to change it?
    Yes: 665.xx MHZ at Double Data Rate (DDR) is 1330 MHz.
    Thats the exact problem with the G74...when four sticks are installed the BIOS seems to reject and override the Intel XMP SPD settings programmed into the sticks by the manufacturer (which normally allow overclocked memory profile settings; overclocked with respect to the rating of the integrated memory controller on the CPU) and use one the default non-OC JEDEC settings instead. Probably ASUS way of controlling the amount of heat created by the CPU: with 4 sticks in there the electrical load on the IMC is greater than with 2 sticks, so heat is more of a concern. Thats my guess. Frustrating though. I don't know what will change it. @dataDave did a BIOS mod with AMIBCP and got his 1600MHz sticks running at 1333MHz but with CAS latency 8, instead of 9, which is certainly an overclock and will boost his performance by a small amount, probably unnoticeable in most apps except benchmarks.

    If you want 16GB at 1600 MHz the you need to go with 2x8GB sticks.
    Last edited by fostert; 04-27-2012 at 02:56 AM.
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