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Upgrading RAM dare I upgrade my video card?

Started by Mr. Analog, December 23, 2020, 05:01:17 PM

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Mr. Analog

So I have two primary systems, my trusty workhorse (Asus Z87 Pro) and my all-in-one gaming rig (Asus ROG G20) I just bought new RAM for my trusty workhorse which is going to improve it quite a bit (both systems are Core i7 BTW) now I'm wondering if I should get my hot little hands on an RTX 3080 and shove it in there for gaming.

I love my ROG G20 but I can't upgrade it due to the small form factor. It runs all the games I have pretty well but there are some things I'd love to check out (like ray tracing, etc) but I'm hesitant to buy a new card for $1700 bucks

What's a nerd to do...
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Melbosa

Be conscious of power requirements if you purchase the new card.  Make sure your workhorse has enough juice in the PSU to work with the new card!
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Lazybones

Quote from: Melbosa on December 23, 2020, 05:21:55 PMBe conscious of power requirements if you purchase the new card.  Make sure your workhorse has enough juice in the PSU to work with the new card!

And sufficient connectors / the correct type / voltage.. unless you go with a low end card most mid to high cards have an extra power connector and the new RTX 30s have a new connector type.

Mr. Analog

I just bought a new 850 watt power supply so I should be good there

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Mr. Analog

Well, I bought a brand new video card LOL

I seriously couldn't resist especially when Christmas pricing brought it down by $200 may God have mercy on my soul

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Melbosa

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Mr. Analog

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Tom

I'm mostly enjoying the RTX 3060 Super I got with my "new" workstation. I think the darn thing is nearly a year old now? sheesh time flies. Sadly theres a hw or firmware conflict between the card and my motherboard that causes lockups in the gpu. So annoying. Nvidia has been aware of it for like 2 years now or more, and didn't bother to even take it seriously till maybe 6-12 months ago. They've made a few fixes in the drivers (I think) and things have been a bit better. Instead of locking up every day or every few days, its like every couple weeks and it's not a complete system lockup, just either the gpu slows down over time or it stops accepting mouse input somehow? meh.
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Mr. Analog

I cancelled my order, I'm going to wait for a bigger sale as I have no immediate need for a bigger card anyway

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Tom

If anyone is in somewhat desparate need, I have a working R9 390x. Its not super great, but I have no immedate need of it. It performs similar to a RX 580 or a GTX 1060.
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Mr. Analog

Ugh RAM doesn't work with my motherboard, I have an ASUS Z87Pro and this is the memory I bought: https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36561

Nothing I read indicated that it wouldn't be compatible so I dunno what

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Melbosa

Quote from: Mr. Analog on January 06, 2021, 06:43:47 PMUgh RAM doesn't work with my motherboard, I have an ASUS Z87Pro and this is the memory I bought: https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36561

Nothing I read indicated that it wouldn't be compatible so I dunno what

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According to https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Motherboards/Z87PRO/specifications/
QuoteMemory
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports IntelĀ® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36561 is PC3-12800 (1600MHz) RAM so it should work.

Only thing I can think of is that you are adding the ram to existing ram and they don't play together?
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Mr. Analog

That's what I thought but I removed all the sticks and attempted install on two slots then four and it wouldn't even give me a boot code

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Lazybones

January 06, 2021, 09:39:19 PM #13 Last Edit: January 06, 2021, 09:48:18 PM by Lazybones
Quote from: Mr. Analog on January 06, 2021, 09:36:56 PMThat's what I thought but I removed all the sticks and attempted install on two slots then four and it wouldn't even give me a boot code

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If you are not populating ALL 4 of the slots VERY SPECIFIC slots need to be populated for it to work.

The manual for your board shows slots A2 and B2 should be populated if only populating 2 out of the 4 slots.


Mr. Analog

Quote from: Lazybones on January 06, 2021, 09:39:19 PM
Quote from: Mr. Analog on January 06, 2021, 09:36:56 PMThat's what I thought but I removed all the sticks and attempted install on two slots then four and it wouldn't even give me a boot code

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If you not populating ALL 4 of the slots VERY SPECIFIC slots need to be populated for it to work.

The manual for your board shows slots A2 and B2 should be populated if only populating 2 out of the 4 slots.
Hmm I thought I tried that but maybe I picked the wrong slots?

Not sure why all 4 wouldn't allow though

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