Installing more than 2 ram modules causes crash.

I have 4 ram modules all 8 gigs from Kingston ( KVR1333D3N9/8G) 1333 MHZ, 1.5v and they are obviously the same. The mobo is an M5A97 ASUS and the problem I get is that if I install more than 2 sticks and try running memtester, I get errors running it or even worse, crashes, freezes. I've tried all the modules separately in all four slots, 16 tests total and nothing was wrong.

This was the command I used in Linux for testing them

sudo memtester 100M 2

Any suggestions?
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  1. Quote:
    they are obviously the same


    But are they really? Did you buy these 4 modules all at once in a single kit or are these two separate kits? If these were not purchased in a kit there's no guarantee of compatibility.
  2. KVR1333D3N9/8G
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAB0Z6U51715&Tpk=9SIAB0Z6U51715

    Memory is guaranteed in the form sold. Purchasing modules sold as singles carry no guarantee to work in any combinations with any other modules.

    All testing for compatibility is done on a "Do It Yourself" testing basis since the modules have never been tested together by anyone else.
  3. aquielisunari said:
    Quote:
    they are obviously the same


    But are they really? Did you buy these 4 modules all at once in a single kit or are these two separate kits? If these were not purchased in a kit there's no guarantee of compatibility.


    Well, three of them were bought together, 1 of them wasn't; but I did test the 3 that were bought from the same place on newegg and those too failed when all three were installed. The only difference seems to be the serial number on them, they have the same form (physical) timings, etc.
  4. pandoragami said:
    aquielisunari said:
    Quote:
    they are obviously the same


    But are they really? Did you buy these 4 modules all at once in a single kit or are these two separate kits? If these were not purchased in a kit there's no guarantee of compatibility.


    Well, three of them were bought together, 1 of them wasn't; but I did test the 3 that were bought from the same place on newegg and those too failed when all three were installed. The only difference seems to be the serial number on them, they have the same form (physical) timings, etc.


    So that's a triple channel kit?

    Anyway it's sliced you need to purchase a quad channel kit. Combining sticks will usually work but you're part of the 10% that end up here when it doesn't. The RAM is not defective. The installation procedure is.

    What does the motherboard manual say? Is it a dual channel board? RAM is installed by multiples of 2. You installed 3.

    Learning experiences.....
  5. aquielisunari said:
    pandoragami said:
    aquielisunari said:
    Quote:
    they are obviously the same


    But are they really? Did you buy these 4 modules all at once in a single kit or are these two separate kits? If these were not purchased in a kit there's no guarantee of compatibility.


    Well, three of them were bought together, 1 of them wasn't; but I did test the 3 that were bought from the same place on newegg and those too failed when all three were installed. The only difference seems to be the serial number on them, they have the same form (physical) timings, etc.


    So that's a triple channel kit?

    Anyway it's sliced you need to purchase a quad channel kit. Combining sticks will usually work but you're part of the 10% that end up here when it doesn't. The RAM is not defective. The installation procedure is.

    What does the motherboard manual say? Is it a dual channel board? RAM is installed by multiples of 2. You installed 3.

    Learning experiences.....


    I'm guessing it's a dual channel board from this page http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/asus-m5a97-r20-motherboard/3/

    Anyways, I did mix 2 of the sticks that have different serial numbers and that worked fine with memtester. I'm pretty sure all 4 of the sticks are similar though. I read somewhere else that the supplied voltage might not be enough? Could that be a problem. I'm not sure how to tweak the voltage though, wouldn't want to fry something.
  6. pandoragami said:
    aquielisunari said:
    pandoragami said:
    aquielisunari said:
    Quote:
    they are obviously the same


    But are they really? Did you buy these 4 modules all at once in a single kit or are these two separate kits? If these were not purchased in a kit there's no guarantee of compatibility.


    Well, three of them were bought together, 1 of them wasn't; but I did test the 3 that were bought from the same place on newegg and those too failed when all three were installed. The only difference seems to be the serial number on them, they have the same form (physical) timings, etc.


    So that's a triple channel kit?

    Anyway it's sliced you need to purchase a quad channel kit. Combining sticks will usually work but you're part of the 10% that end up here when it doesn't. The RAM is not defective. The installation procedure is.

    What does the motherboard manual say? Is it a dual channel board? RAM is installed by multiples of 2. You installed 3.

    Learning experiences.....


    I'm guessing it's a dual channel board from this page http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/asus-m5a97-r20-motherboard/3/

    Anyways, I did mix 2 of the sticks that have different serial numbers and that worked fine with memtester. I'm pretty sure all 4 of the sticks are similar though. I read somewhere else that the supplied voltage might not be enough? Could that be a problem. I'm not sure how to tweak the voltage though, wouldn't want to fry something.



    Kit.
  7. aquielisunari said:
    pandoragami said:
    aquielisunari said:
    pandoragami said:
    aquielisunari said:
    Quote:
    they are obviously the same


    But are they really? Did you buy these 4 modules all at once in a single kit or are these two separate kits? If these were not purchased in a kit there's no guarantee of compatibility.


    Well, three of them were bought together, 1 of them wasn't; but I did test the 3 that were bought from the same place on newegg and those too failed when all three were installed. The only difference seems to be the serial number on them, they have the same form (physical) timings, etc.


    So that's a triple channel kit?

    Anyway it's sliced you need to purchase a quad channel kit. Combining sticks will usually work but you're part of the 10% that end up here when it doesn't. The RAM is not defective. The installation procedure is.

    What does the motherboard manual say? Is it a dual channel board? RAM is installed by multiples of 2. You installed 3.

    Learning experiences.....


    I'm guessing it's a dual channel board from this page http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/asus-m5a97-r20-motherboard/3/

    Anyways, I did mix 2 of the sticks that have different serial numbers and that worked fine with memtester. I'm pretty sure all 4 of the sticks are similar though. I read somewhere else that the supplied voltage might not be enough? Could that be a problem. I'm not sure how to tweak the voltage though, wouldn't want to fry something.



    Kit.


    I think I solved it. In the ASUS bios utility there's the option to switch from normal mode to turbo and that has allowed me to install 3 sticks with no errors from memtester using the same command I mentioned previously!
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