Am I missing something here? As far as I can tell, I should be able to run 16GB of the Kingston KVR16N11H/4. But, if I do, I get random BSODs daily.
If I run 2 of the sticks (8GB total), I have no problems at all. Is this a BIOS issue? I don't think that it is a faulty board as I can run the single-sided version of the RAM in all 4 slots without a problem.
Can anyone see a reason why 4 sticks of the KVR16N11H/4 would fail, but 4 sticks of KVR16N11S8H/4 would not fail?
Is anyone else out there running this board? Is it running stable? If so, what RAM are you using?
Please let me know if this behavior started after your updated the BIOS to version 0047?
You may want to try removing the CMOS battery and leave the system without it for about an hour. Then put it back on and restart the system. http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-028780.htm?wapkw=clear+cmos+battery#datetime
Test the system out of the chassis, minimal configuration please. (Motherboard, processor, power supply and memory)
Dual channel is enable by default, so this kind of behavior could be related to a defective motherboard or a defective processor. If you have another processor to test on this board, please give it a try, if not I recommend you to replace the motherboard first.
If the board was purchased less than 30 days ago please contact the place of purchase.
If it was purchased more than 30 days, you can get in touch with our local Warranty Department so they can help you to replace the unit: http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport
I have done minimal configs outside of a chassis and had exactly the same result.
We had this issue with the original BIOS and then updated the BIOS (in hopes of resolving the issue). It did not resolve the issue.
I have a hard time putting this on a defective motherboard or processor as we have duplicated the result on different systems with different Motherboards, CPUs, PSUs, and RAM purchased from a completely different vendor (to eliminate "bad" lots or batches). As far as dual channel, we can run dual channel with 4 sticks of KVR16N11S8H/4 just fine. As a matter of fact, we also tested KVR1333D3N9H/4 and it seems to be running fine with 4 sticks in dual channel. I am at a loss as to why the KVR16N11H/4 causes an issue. It is a pretty basic Kingston DDR3 and as far as I can tell, conforms to the required standards of the board.
The KVR1333D3N9H/4G (1333HHz) has proven to be stable as well. It just seems to be an issue with the newer KVR16N11H/4 (1600 MHz) and only when all 4 DIMM slots are filled.
Spec sheet for the incompatible RAM: http://www.kingston.com/datasheets/KVR16N11H_4.pdf
Supported memory configurations for the board: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/db-dh87mc/sb/CS-034214.htm
Do these look compatible? I can't see a problem.
We have seen it in the past with Kingston and other brands but not that often. I’d say it has to do with the memory construction.
The reason why it is not compatible, that is something we do not know.
Based on the PDF provided by Kingston, there are some key differences between the models that could be why this memory is not working on the board.
You would need to ask the memory manufacture, so they can explain you the difference between a sixteen 256M chips memory and an eight 512M chips memory.
Kingston has that model (KVR16N11H/4) listed as compatible with the board. It may be compatible with 8GB (2 sticks), but not 16GB (4 sticks).
I understand the difference between "a sixteen 256M chips memory and an eight 512M chips memory", but the KVR1333D3N9H/4G is a "sixteen 256M" memory and it works fine.
I am at a loss here.
I've been trying to recreate this issue but have not been able to do so.
I purchased 4 sticks of KVR16N11H/4, installed Win 7 and let a video run in a loop overnight with no issues.
I then downloaded MemTest86 from PassMark and it ran overnight with no issues.
Can you share some more details about your configuration, any BIOS setting changes and what work is being done on the system when the BSOD occurs?