tinkering with memory. and today.

I really don’t understand RAM timings. It’s something rather new to me, and I was struggling with it when I was putting together my computer. Incorrect settings lead to BSODs, allowing the BIOS to work things out automatically results in loose timings that don’t take advantage of my RAM.

I was running 2.5-3-3-8 2T earlier, dropped to 2.5-3-3-6 2T and then to 2.5-3-3-6 1T. Just recently, I decided to bring it down further to 2-3-3-6 1T. This is all at stock voltage, 2.6V. 2-3-3-6 1T runs stable with FSB 226 and 1:1 FSB / DRAM, essentially using DDR452.

Today, I played around a little more with the RAM timings. Now I’ve got my Corsair XMS CMX512-3200C2 Rev 6.1 at 2-2-2-6 1T, stock voltage. Should be relatively stable – had no problem with some quick memory bandwidth benchmarks. I’ll do some gaming with it later to see if there’s any problem with stability.

I can’t boot with FSB 226MHz at these timings. Go figure. I guess I should relax to 2.5-3-3-8 1T when doing overclocking runs, perhaps even go to 3-3-3-8 1T. Problem is everytime I try and boot with CAS 3, the computer doesn’t POST and I have to reset the CMOS. Which involves opening up the machine and changing the jumper position, then turning everything on and checking to see that it all works.

Changing from 2-3-3-6 1T to 2-2-2-6 1T yielded practically no change in memory bandwidth results. Don’t know what I was expecting because I really don’t know what I’m doing with all these timings.

Current configuration
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice DH-E3 2400MHz (200*12)
Corsair XMS CMX512-3200C2 Rev 6.1 @ DDR400 2-2-2-6 1T, 2.6V

Watched Red Eye today, was alright. I’m using my Nokia 8310 as my parents have my Sony Ericsson T630. I swapped SIMs to keep a line open. Don’t particularly like having my phone taken away from me. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get the Sony Ericsson K750i.. It’s a very nice phone, I have enough in savings for it – problem is, I still haven’t paid off the debt that I owe to my dad. There’s no way in hell that my parents would let me get a new phone anyways.

Considering just giving anything that I don’t need to Alice so she can have it. Looking at giving her my Sony Ericsson T630, Sony PSP JP v2.0, 512MB Sony Memory Stick Duo PRO. It’ll make for less distractions, certainly. I still have a few pictures that I want to pull from my T630 before I let it go. Need to buy a BlueTooth adapter for that, though. I’ll go pick one up the next time that I go outside. I hope.

Got a new mechanical toothbrush yesterday. My old Oral-B Professional Care series brush died on me towards the end of the summer. I’ll try and take better care of this one. It looks even prettier than the old one. Yay.

Been playing a fair amount of Counter-Strike: Source on ESPL Clan’s server. Ranked 22nd or 23rd, KD ratio somewhere between 1.82 and 1.86. I need to keep working on that. The server’s been having some serious connection issues lately and it lags at times, forcing everyone out. Irritating.

Stayed at home and enjoyed the day with family today. Felt irritated for some reason or other throughout the day. Made dumplings, dad was frying food. Yes yes, family time. Happy new year. That type of thing.

Starting to hate the taste of beer. Need to go buy myself a bottle or two of whisky when I go to Shanghai. Haha..

Nothing interesting. Nothing new. SUSFU. Chatted a bit last night, went crazy on the webcam. Feel tired these days – malcontent and unsatisfied. Gained some weight to my own surprise. I’ll go burn it off.

Uh. Attention-seeking? No. That’s not why I blog. And what was so damn personal about the last post? For Christ’s sake, I’m not trying to get anything resolved. Knock knock.

I’m gone.