Question XMP profiles not working. Should I replace my board?

MiNdWaRp

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Hello,

Here's what I'm currently running:

CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
Mobo - MSI X470 Gaming Plus
RAM - Corsair CMK32GX4M4B3200C16 (8x2)

For some reason, despite this RAM kit being on my motherboard's compatibility list (as well as trying two other kits that are NOT on the list), I am unable to enable XMP profiles without an eventual BSOD. According to what I've read, my CPU and Motherboard both support speeds up to 3466 MHz via XMP, but I am stuck running my memory at 2133 MHz to prevent crashing.

I've been considering just buying a 5600X with a B550 board and a 32GB 3200MHz kit, but it's hard to decide if I should since AM4 is not going to be around much longer. The performance increase seems reasonable enough to warrant an upgrade to a 5600X and the current prime day deal is pretty enticing (which is why I chose the 5600X over the cheaper 5600). This would also allow me to take advantage of SAM which is not supported by the 2000 series chips.

Would I be better off tweaking certain settings to see if I can get XMP to run properly or should I just replace my 2600X and motherboard?
 

punkncat

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I personally had issues running my 2700X at anything past 29xx, and even for that had to update BIOS before it would be stable.

Before replacement I would surely check what your current BIOS version is, check the motherboard support for what is available. Make sure to closely read the notes and often with AMD you have to install them in order, some of which can be 'bridge BIOS' that allow for the later revisions to work properly. In other words, don't just DL the latest and try to install it right off, unless you are already at the previous version.
 

Zerk2012

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Hello,

Here's what I'm currently running:

CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
Mobo - MSI X470 Gaming Plus
RAM - Corsair CMK32GX4M4B3200C16 (8x2)

For some reason, despite this RAM kit being on my motherboard's compatibility list (as well as trying two other kits that are NOT on the list), I am unable to enable XMP profiles without an eventual BSOD. According to what I've read, my CPU and Motherboard both support speeds up to 3466 MHz via XMP, but I am stuck running my memory at 2133 MHz to prevent crashing.

I've been considering just buying a 5600X with a B550 board and a 32GB 3200MHz kit, but it's hard to decide if I should since AM4 is not going to be around much longer. The performance increase seems reasonable enough to warrant an upgrade to a 5600X and the current prime day deal is pretty enticing (which is why I chose the 5600X over the cheaper 5600). This would also allow me to take advantage of SAM which is not supported by the 2000 series chips.

Would I be better off tweaking certain settings to see if I can get XMP to run properly or should I just replace my 2600X and motherboard?
Set XMP then manually change the speed to 2933.
 

MiNdWaRp

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I personally had issues running my 2700X at anything past 29xx, and even for that had to update BIOS before it would be stable.

Before replacement I would surely check what your current BIOS version is, check the motherboard support for what is available. Make sure to closely read the notes and often with AMD you have to install them in order, some of which can be 'bridge BIOS' that allow for the later revisions to work properly. In other words, don't just DL the latest and try to install it right off, unless you are already at the previous version.

I checked after posting and found that I was one version behind the latest. I updated it to the latest, so hopefully this will make a difference. Hopefully the Beta status of the latest update doesn't cause more problems.

Set XMP then manually change the speed to 2933.

My first XMP profile is at a speed of 2933. Although BSODs are less frequent, they do still happen at this speed. I will try it again anyhow since I just did a BIOS update and report back if the issue persists.

Thank you for the help!
 

Zerk2012

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I checked after posting and found that I was one version behind the latest. I updated it to the latest, so hopefully this will make a difference. Hopefully the Beta status of the latest update doesn't cause more problems.



My first XMP profile is at a speed of 2933. Although BSODs are less frequent, they do still happen at this speed. I will try it again anyhow since I just did a BIOS update and report back if the issue persists.

Thank you for the help!
Thats not what I said. Enable XMP for the 3200mhz then manually change the speed to 2933.
I usually skip Beta versions.
 
My first XMP profile is at a speed of 2933. Although BSODs are less frequent, they do still happen at this speed. I will try it again anyhow since I just did a BIOS update and report back if the issue persists.
What ram slots do you have your ram modules installed in?
Did you consult motherboard user manual for proper ram module placement?

RAM - Corsair CMK32GX4M4B3200C16 (8x2)
That is 32GB kit 4x8GB. Do you have 2 or 4 modules installed?
 

MiNdWaRp

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Thats not what I said. Enable XMP for the 3200mhz then manually change the speed to 2933.
I usually skip Beta versions.
The first profile looks to be the same as the second profile, aside from the fact that it sets the clock to 2933 MHz instead of 3200MHz. Is there something different about choosing the 3200 profile and lowering the speed manually? I compared the listed timings and they appeared to be the same.

What ram slots do you have your ram modules installed in?
Did you consult motherboard user manual for proper ram module placement?


That is 32GB kit 4x8GB. Do you have 2 or 4 modules installed?
I'm using two of the 4 RAM sticks. My modules are inserted in A2 and B2 as recommended by the manual.
 

MiNdWaRp

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same exact timings and voltage?
I had to double-check the voltage while running a stress test, but yes the timings are the same along with the voltage.

The JEDEC settings run it at 1.20V but both XMP profiles run it at 1.35V which looks to be correct for this model. It's configured for 16-18-18-36 in terms of timings.
 

MiNdWaRp

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Just want to drop an update.

Everything has been going well up until this morning. I had no crashes, but then this ONE game I play sometimes called Black Desert Online had a random shutdown and then it froze my PC about 30 minutes later.

My suspicion is that the anti-cheat software this game uses (which is known for being very invasive) is likely the cause of the vast majority of my crashing. It uses Easy Anti Cheat which I've read runs at kernel-level. That said, I've seen people play this game for a dozen hours in a single session and never crash. I've also left the game running for longer than that without my PC rebooting.

I do play a few different games and will continue to test stuff. I'll report back if I find something that consistently causes crashes.

Thank you once again for your help!
 

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I got a 2600X to run with 3,000MT/s RAM recently by relaxing the CL (CAS) setting.

Strangely, before changing CL, the RAM passed two complete runs of MemTest86 with XMP set to 3,000, lasting 3 hours 20 minutes, but during normal operation the screen went black and the system rebooted after 15 minutes.

To get stable operation, with XMP enabled, I used the manual timing adjustment and added 2 to the CL setting.