A glimmer of hope perhaps. This thread lists some non-standard memory configurations I might try: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- *SOLVED* Asus P6T SE: triple channel RAM not working
Bah, I'm suffering one of those 'Nonononono please not me' days after discovering a bit of a problem with the RAM fitted to my PC this morning. I currently have 6GB DDR3 in triple channel mode fitted, but I noticed today that Windows is only showing 4GB. I rebooted, looked at the BIOS and that too is showing 4GB. 'Ah, well, bad RAM' I thought. I swapped the sticks around, and still 4GB, but now it appeared that the centre channel was dead and causing the issue, which could mean that the motherboard has had a component fail. I rebooted and used CPUID and Speccy to see if they reported anything, stangely they both reported that 6GB was present and listed them all in the correct banks (3 out of 6). They even read all of the correct stats for the 'missing' bank. A bit more digging on the P6T now shows a lot of users out there suffing similar problems, and with my motherboard on the latest (and probaly final) version of the BIOS I don't think there is a fix in sight. I even followed some suggestions on a Toms Hardware thread (Asus P6T Delux ram issues - Asus - Motherboards-Memory) about using custom settings, from lots of other rather upset P6T owners, but to no avail.
Anyone else got an Asus P6T or P6T Delux and had this happen to them and found a solution? I'm a bit miffed because I'm not sure when the fault occured as I could see 6GB not so long back and it would have been handy to narrow it down to when I may have had a problem.
Drop the memory speed to 1333. I have the P6TD and gave up trying to run the RAM any faster, 1333 is the maximum specified speed for the i7 memory controller.
Dos_Box (7th February 2012)
Thanks all. The board is 3 years old now anyhow, so is way out of warranty. One thing I will check is the processor socket pins though as has been suggested. When the liquid cooler failed last year and I removed it I found that it was screwed down far too tightly. So it's not beyond the realms of possibility that some of the processor pins have been bent. I'll try underclocking the RAM first though (it has DDR3 1800!)
Well the pins are fine (thankfully), which led to a quick trip to CPC for more thermal paste as the cpu began to run at 85 degrees when I put the fan back on! Now for some underclocking and maybe some memory bank shuffling.
Even if it's older than they manafacturer issued warranty period if they have identified a manfacturing fault I would think they would still replace it.
Well, underclocking made no differance, however putting the RAM in banks A1, A2 and C1 worked as per the advice on the Acer forums. Not sure that it'll be in triple bank mode, but at least I've got 6GB back.
Oh, and apparently the i7 950's memory clock was unlocked so as to be able to utilise higher speed RAM. All very puzzling, but it does look like the P6T series has a fault when it comes to recognising the correct amount of installed RAM judging by all of the posts I've read over the past couple of days on various forums.
Anything above 1333 on the 950 is out of spec for the controller and isn't a fault, more a marketing exaggeration about the RAM speeds for the board.
Hey, I'm just going on what some anonymous guy on the internet said, so it must be true
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