Motherboard or memory problem?

By kn0w1edge
Jan 29, 2010
  1. So I've built this new system, and recently I've been getting some memory issues (6GB (3x2gb) ddr3 1600mhz). There are 6 total slots on the motherboard for memory. Using the first set of 3 (for triple channel), I got some results. Using the other 3 slots, the computer didn't boot at all. Not even POST. I ran memtest86 and this is what I've got:
    Individual sticks in each slot: all pass
    Every combo of 2 sticks: failed at 45% of first test
    all 3: test freezes at 7% of first test

    I've never used memtest before today so I'm not quite sure what these results mean. Is it faulty memory or possibly a motherboard problem?

    Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI LE

    Let me know if any other information is needed.

    P.S. Also, for some reason, a few seconds after shutting down my computer (while I was changing and testing the memory), I hear a slight sizzling sound coming from somewhere on the board, though I can't tell where. Normal or could this have something to do with my memory problem?

  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    did you test each stick of ram or all of the at once
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    it sounds like you motherboard doesn't like the ram you have. you might have to upgrade you BIOS

    but the sizzling sound doesnt sound good at all, if was you i would RMA the motherboard

    you can does this here
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Sounds like one or more traces to the RAM slots are fried. RMA time I think.
    It seems that your second DIMM slot is likely the culprit- this needs to be populated for 2 sticks to be used, and of course needs to be populated if using all three sticks.
  5. kn0w1edge

    kn0w1edge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i tested each stick by itself, and thats the only time the test passed. You say my mobo doesnt like the ram? do you mean any of the specs, or simply these individual sticks may not agree. in other words, would i be better off RMA'ing the memory too, or should I buy different memory (like 1333mhz)? my bios has the latest version (it came out 11/29/09) and yeah the sizzling is making me worry. i see the motherboard could be a problem so i'll RMA that, but should i go ahead and do the memory too?
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    just RMA the motherboard first. im sure the EVGA X58 SLI LE can handle any spec ram but some motherboards wont work with some ram without an BIOS upgrade.
  7. kn0w1edge

    kn0w1edge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i looked into it a bit, and according to EVGA's site, that motherboard works with the Gold version of the memory I have, but not Obsidian... which doesnt make sense at all, but i guess it could be a contributor. I'm gonna contact OCZ in the morning and see if I can RMA the ram, but get Gold sent back to me instead of Obsidian... maybe it'll help in the long run.
    I should have said earlier i guess, but all these parts are brand new. I built this system in late december, so its been a little over a month. i probably only have 4-5 weeks of use on this thing =/
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The computer will not POST with the other 3 slots as the primary memory slots must be filled in first.
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