Question Ram reserved for hardware and can't change speed

Jun 25, 2021
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I've had my computer for a while now, and while there was no major problems, it has been pretty slow. I figured it was probably something with my ram and there was two major issues. Firstly, my ram is only running at 2133, and secondly, 8.1 gb of my 16 gb ram is reserved for hardware. Stuck with only 7.9 gb of ram running at 2133, its been a nightmare tabbing out of things and its painfully laggy just having a few applications open.

For the hardware reserved issue, I didn't really look into it that much, but I'd appreciate some help. I read a few posts about the issue and most of them were fixed because the ram was in the wrong slot, however, my ram are in the correct spots being in the DIMMA2 and DIMMB2 position but the same issue persists.

For the ram speed issue, I tried alot of fixes in different threads, and none of them seem to have done anything. I first just tried turning xmp profile 2 on without doing anything, and it didn't change the speed. Then, I manually changed the ram speed to the same speed on xmp instead of having auto, but it still didn't work. Because my computer always shuts down, turn on for 2 seconds, shut down again, and then boots up after I change the ram, I thought it was a problem with the dram voltage too low and causing the profile unable to be loaded. I changed my dram voltage up to 1.45 but it didn't change anything and i tried a slightly lower voltage of 1.4 but it didn't do anything either. At this point, I was pretty desperate and I read that you could reset cmos. I pressed the reset cmos button on my mother board and the cmos resetted, however, after the reset, the ram is still stuck no matter what I do. Then I thought maybe the xmp profile speed was too high so I did low intervals going from 2133 to 2400, still, no luck. I feel like i've done everything but nothing works, so please help.

My specs are:
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2X 8 GB) (Dual Channel Kit) 3000MHz DDR4
X470 GAMING PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080
 
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What OS version are you on? What BIOS version are you on for your motherboard? Which slots are the rams populating? Make and model of the PSU in your build?
Hi! Thanks for ur reply, im running Win10 with the newest bios for my motherboard and im populating the second and the fourth slot as the motherboard instructs and the psu is a vs550 corsair
 
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I've had my computer for a while now, and while there was no major problems, it has been pretty slow. I figured it was probably something with my ram and there was two major issues. Firstly, my ram is only running at 2133, and secondly, 8.1 gb of my 16 gb ram is reserved for hardware. Stuck with only 7.9 gb of ram running at 2133, its been a nightmare tabbing out of things and its painfully laggy just having a few applications open.

For the hardware reserved issue, I didn't really look into it that much, but I'd appreciate some help. I read a few posts about the issue and most of them were fixed because the ram was in the wrong slot, however, my ram are in the correct spots being in the DIMMA2 and DIMMB2 position but the same issue persists.

For the ram speed issue, I tried alot of fixes in different threads, and none of them seem to have done anything. I first just tried turning xmp profile 2 on without doing anything, and it didn't change the speed. Then, I manually changed the ram speed to the same speed on xmp instead of having auto, but it still didn't work. Because my computer always shuts down, turn on for 2 seconds, shut down again, and then boots up after I change the ram, I thought it was a problem with the dram voltage too low and causing the profile unable to be loaded. I changed my dram voltage up to 1.45 but it didn't change anything and i tried a slightly lower voltage of 1.4 but it didn't do anything either. At this point, I was pretty desperate and I read that you could reset cmos. I pressed the reset cmos button on my mother board and the cmos resetted, however, after the reset, the ram is still stuck no matter what I do. Then I thought maybe the xmp profile speed was too high so I did low intervals going from 2133 to 2400, still, no luck. I feel like i've done everything but nothing works, so please help.

My specs are:
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2X 8 GB) (Dual Channel Kit) 3000MHz DDR4
X470 GAMING PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080
btw im running Win10 with the newest bios for my motherboard and im populating the second and the fourth slot as the motherboard instructs and the psu is a vs550 corsair
 
8.1 gb of my 16 gb ram is reserved for hardware.
where are you reading this information?
my ram is only running at 2133
have you verified that the motherboard supports this particular set of RAM in their QVL list?

regarding the low frequency my first troubleshooting would be, in any particular order;
try each RAM module separately in each DIMM slot both with XMP profile(s) & by manually inputting manufacturer specs.
and try a different pair of known properly functioning RAM and see if it's XMP profile will load correctly. and\or do the same with your set in another system.

regarding the hardware reserved issue;
try a fresh OS install.
you don't seem to list any components that would need reserved memory to function so it would lead me to believe there is a software issue.
 

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