[SOLVED] Is it worth Overclocking 3600mhz Crucial Ballistix 32GB

Jan 1, 2022
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I'm relatively new to overclocking but i'd like to push my pc and get a bit more out of it!
I've recently upgraded to 32gb of ram, 16gb works perfectly for gaming i just need that extra headroom due to heavy work loads and game developing in UE5, with the 32gb dual channel ram installed i just can't seem to push the ram any higher than 3600mhz D.O.C.P overclock before the pc doesn't like it, after saving new settings (3733mhz or 3800mhz) in bios and rebooting i get the orange ram light on the motherboard whereas i had no issues pushing the ram a little higher when i had 16gb dual channel installed. My question is is it worth pushing past 3600mhz with 32gb for faster timings (if possible) or leaving it at 3600mhz D.O.C.P?

System -
Motherboard - Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II
CPU - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6Ghz 6 cores 12 threads
RAM - x4 8GBs Dual-Channel Crucial Ballistix 3600mhz

16gb overclock settings:
CPU - 4.2Ghz
CPU Voltage - 1.25v
CPU Idle Temp - 51c
CPU Stress Temp - 75c / 81c
RAM - 3800mhz
RAM Timings - 16-19-19-39
RAM Voltage - 1.35v
Cinebench R23 results - 9486 multi core (stock bench score - 9073)

Current 32gb overclock settings
CPU - 4.2Ghz (Noctua U12S Chromax.Black)
CPU Voltage - 1.25v
CPU Idle Temp - 34c / 40c
CPU Stress Temp - 62c / 67c
RAM - 3600mhz D.O.C.P
RAM Timings - 16-18-18-38
RAM Voltage - 1.35v
Cinebench R23 results - 9705 multi core

Any help or guidance would be much appreciated.
Thanks
 

geofelt

Titan
Ram chips are binned.
If your ram was capable of running faster than 3600, it would be sold as faster ram for a higher price.
Some could get lucky, but apparently you are not.
I might also add that if you upgraded to 32gb by adding 16gb, you were fortunate to get it working at all.
Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
A motherboard must manage all the ram using the same specs of voltage, cas and speed.
The internal workings are designed for the capacity of the kit.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards, can be very sensitive to this.
This is more difficult when more sticks are involved.
Ram must be matched for proper operation.

If you want to pursue this, plan on adding voltage to the ram past 1.35v. Sometimes this can help.
And, to insure that your ram is stable,
Run memtest86 or memtest86+
They boot from a usb stick and do not use windows.
You can download them here:
If you can run a full pass with NO errors, your ram should be ok.

Running several more passes will sometimes uncover an issue, but it takes more time.
Probably not worth it unless you really suspect a ram issue.
 

geofelt

Titan
Ram chips are binned.
If your ram was capable of running faster than 3600, it would be sold as faster ram for a higher price.
Some could get lucky, but apparently you are not.
I might also add that if you upgraded to 32gb by adding 16gb, you were fortunate to get it working at all.
Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
A motherboard must manage all the ram using the same specs of voltage, cas and speed.
The internal workings are designed for the capacity of the kit.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards, can be very sensitive to this.
This is more difficult when more sticks are involved.
Ram must be matched for proper operation.

If you want to pursue this, plan on adding voltage to the ram past 1.35v. Sometimes this can help.
And, to insure that your ram is stable,
Run memtest86 or memtest86+
They boot from a usb stick and do not use windows.
You can download them here:
If you can run a full pass with NO errors, your ram should be ok.

Running several more passes will sometimes uncover an issue, but it takes more time.
Probably not worth it unless you really suspect a ram issue.
 

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