Question My 3200mhz RAM works on 2400mhz for some reason?

mrmouseman

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So I have this issue where my ram is only reaching 2400mhz speed. I want to set it to 3200mhz but I do not know how. I set my docp profile to 1 which is 3200mhz but its still showing 2400mhz both in bios and task manager.

I'm uploading the photos so you can see:


My specs;
CPU - Ryzen 7 2700
Motherboard - asus prime b450-k
RAM - 2 X DIMM DDR4 8GB 3200MHz Kingston HyperX Predator

View: https://imgur.com/9Y87uTr

View: https://imgur.com/mWe6jDF

View: https://imgur.com/mDk9hz3
 
So I have this issue where my ram is only reaching 2400mhz speed. I want to set it to 3200mhz but I do not know how. I set my docp profile to 1 which is 3200mhz but its still showing 2400mhz both in bios and task manager.

I'm uploading the photos so you can see:


My specs;
CPU - Ryzen 7 2700
Motherboard - asus prime b450-k
RAM - 2 X DIMM DDR4 8GB 3200MHz Kingston HyperX Predator

View: https://imgur.com/9Y87uTr

View: https://imgur.com/mWe6jDF

View: https://imgur.com/mDk9hz3
I've run into issues with Asus motherboards and higher clocked memory - I have an X370 board that doesn't even support loading the settings from the ram (only way to enable higher speeds is to set the memory manually).

That said your board does have the option so it should just work - just to double check, you did go to 'save settings and exit' after changing the memory settings? What happened on reboot, did the machine cycle or beep at all? If the machine restarted a few times it may be that the motherboard detected a problem with the new settings and dropped it back to get the machine to boot?

It might be worth checking to see if there are any bios updates available for your motherboard as it could be a bug.

Failing that, you can also change the mode from DOCP to manual, then adjust the settings yourself to 3200mhz (be sure to set the voltage to the value specified for the memory - by default I think it will run the ram at 1.2V, however that won't be enough to keep it stable at 3200, it's usually ~1.3 to 1.35v in my experience, depending on the kit).
 

mrmouseman

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I've run into issues with Asus motherboards and higher clocked memory - I have an X370 board that doesn't even support loading the settings from the ram (only way to enable higher speeds is to set the memory manually).

That said your board does have the option so it should just work - just to double check, you did go to 'save settings and exit' after changing the memory settings? What happened on reboot, did the machine cycle or beep at all? If the machine restarted a few times it may be that the motherboard detected a problem with the new settings and dropped it back to get the machine to boot?

It might be worth checking to see if there are any bios updates available for your motherboard as it could be a bug.

Failing that, you can also change the mode from DOCP to manual, then adjust the settings yourself to 3200mhz (be sure to set the voltage to the value specified for the memory - by default I think it will run the ram at 1.2V, however that won't be enough to keep it stable at 3200, it's usually ~1.3 to 1.35v in my experience, depending on the kit).
Thank you so much for your input.

Interestingly enough, I updated my bios to the latest version and set DOCP to 1 again and it seems to be working now..well, kind of.

See the photo:


View: https://imgur.com/VQ7dlh1


View: https://imgur.com/tzVJpwx


So it does say that it works on 3200mhz in task manager and in bios. But it also says under DRAM status that its 2400mhz and i tried some games that i play, didnt really notice any increase in fps.

so this is probably not 3200mhz right?
 
Thank you so much for your input.

Interestingly enough, I updated my bios to the latest version and set DOCP to 1 again and it seems to be working now..well, kind of.

See the photo:


View: https://imgur.com/VQ7dlh1


View: https://imgur.com/tzVJpwx


So it does say that it works on 3200mhz in task manager and in bios. But it also says under DRAM status that its 2400mhz and i tried some games that i play, didnt really notice any increase in fps.

so this is probably not 3200mhz right?
That is running at 3200 now.... the reason the bios says 2400 mhz for the ram sticks is that will be the base speed for your memory (all DDR4 ram is either 2133 for older kits or 2400 mhz for more recent - any speed above that is technically an 'overclock' over the official DDR4 base spec).

In terms of FPS in games - keep in mind that when review sites do memory / cpu scaling benchmarks they do so at low resolutions / low settings and with the fastest graphics card available (e.g. 1080p medium with an RTX 3090) - in those situations your fps is limited entirely by the CPU / ram and thus you will see noticeable differences between ram kits.

If you are running at higher resolution, higher settings and with a lower performance graphics card, the graphics card will typically be the limiting factor so you are unlikely to see much difference in FPS. Where you might get a bit of an improvement is to the 1% an 0.1% low figures - so it may improve the overall smoothness of your games a bit, but looking at an FPS counter that will be virtually impossible to see. The other place you might see a difference is with specific games that are more tied to CPU performance - CS:GO would be a good example as graphics wise that will run on almost anything.
 

mrmouseman

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That is running at 3200 now.... the reason the bios says 2400 mhz for the ram sticks is that will be the base speed for your memory (all DDR4 ram is either 2133 for older kits or 2400 mhz for more recent - any speed above that is technically an 'overclock' over the official DDR4 base spec).

In terms of FPS in games - keep in mind that when review sites do memory / cpu scaling benchmarks they do so at low resolutions / low settings and with the fastest graphics card available (e.g. 1080p medium with an RTX 3090) - in those situations your fps is limited entirely by the CPU / ram and thus you will see noticeable differences between ram kits.

If you are running at higher resolution, higher settings and with a lower performance graphics card, the graphics card will typically be the limiting factor so you are unlikely to see much difference in FPS. Where you might get a bit of an improvement is to the 1% an 0.1% low figures - so it may improve the overall smoothness of your games a bit, but looking at an FPS counter that will be virtually impossible to see. The other place you might see a difference is with specific games that are more tied to CPU performance - CS:GO would be a good example as graphics wise that will run on almost anything.
Thanks a lot, that's actually very helpful. I run the mentioned settings with rx 580 8GB and im mainly playing warzone. Fps is good, usually around 80-90, but im seeing a lot of variations. it drops down to 65-70 fairly often, which I don't think should happen with my specs. My game is pretty optimized in terms of quality settings (most of it set to low and disabled). but I understood what you said, hopefully i'll see slight improvemnt in terms of smoothness.
 
Thanks a lot, that's actually very helpful. I run the mentioned settings with rx 580 8GB and im mainly playing warzone. Fps is good, usually around 80-90, but im seeing a lot of variations. it drops down to 65-70 fairly often, which I don't think should happen with my specs. My game is pretty optimized in terms of quality settings (most of it set to low and disabled). but I understood what you said, hopefully i'll see slight improvemnt in terms of smoothness.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k_idlMhYmQ


Hmm looks like your performance is a little low - the vid above is a R7 2700 + RX580 (1080p low settings at the end of the vid) - that looks to be getting over 100 fps most of the time.

I don't think your ram is the issue, have you updated your gpu drivers recently? If you are on current drivers you might want to try a fresh install of them (use the free display driver uninstaller "DDU" tool to fully remove the existing drivers) then install the latest from the AMD website.

You also want to make sure you have the AMD chipset drivers installed as those can help boost performance.
 

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