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Vertical Black/White Lines - Mobo killing RAM?

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by shovenose, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. shovenose


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    About a week ago I was having problems with crashing, artifacts, and lines.
    Replaced 2x4GB Team RAM with 2x4GB G.SKILL RAM, it fixed the problem until now.
    About a minute into GTA IV it crashed with black/white alternating lines on my screen. Sound kept going for a few seconds.
    This baffles me - it's not temps related as yesterday morning I played for an hour no interruptions.
    So, is this RAM bad too? This is not possible as this RAM was fine in a different computer (AMD AsRock) now in my gaming PC it's killing RAM? In BIOS I saw RAM voltage, on "Auto" was 1.56V. According to XMP, it should be 1.500. Could this be killing the memory slowly?

    Intel i5-3570K
    AsRock B75M-DGS R2.0
    PowerColor HD7870XT (7930)
    HEC Cougar 500W 80Plus Gold Certified PSU
    Windows 7 64-bit, 1TB HDD, Fractal Design Core 1000 case

    I absolutely hate this crap computer. Nothing but trouble. Yes, I'm a full time computer technician, so it's not like it bothers me to work on computers, but I don't want to get home, sit down, and have work all over again. Anyway should I call up PowerColor and try to get a new GPU? Or is this crappy motherboard destroying my RAM?
  2. OneMoar

    OneMoar There is Always Moar

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    id say graphics card not system ram is the issue and no 0.6v isn't gonna hurt nothing ALL DDR3 can run up to 1.65v without issue
    I would say the Vram on the card is either bad or going out RMA the card
    a system memory fault generally shows as a BSOD
    a GPU fault generally shows as artifacts or instability when under 3d load
    could be psu(HEC are notoriously crap) related but I am learning toward the gpu just being kaput
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2014
  3. rtwjunkie


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    I've had this happen a couple times (though not recently), and it has always been VRAM that went bad.
  4. Kursah


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    Try different GPU and/or MOBO.. report back.

    Sorry for your frustrations. I work full-time for an MSP and the last thing I wanna do is fix my own network, workstations, etc... but then at other times I love messing with it, which in turn, cause issues lol. :toast:

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