Memory not set to what it should be

By ingeborgdot
Oct 1, 2005
  1. When I start the computer the entry screen shows my memory at 166 when it should be 200. I have the bios set to auto should I manually set it to 200?
  2. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    This can also depend on the cpu's front side bus, called fsb typicaly. If the cpu has a 166 fsb, for an effective synchronous ram rate of 333, and you force it to run at a fsb of 200, you should probably expect it not to boot, you'll have to clear bios to regain the system. Many people run their systems asynchronously; a 166 fsb cpu with the ram running at 200. I have seen problems stemming from asynch operation, and latency is increased by asynch. The cpu simply has to wait for more clock cycles to get data from a asynch'ed bus. I'll take faster ram synched to a slower fsb any day. This way you can typicaly go into bios and reduce latencies more as the ram is overspec'd.
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