Replacing the RAM on EVGA x58 sli3

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2020/01/12 11:28:25 (permalink)
Hey everyone, I know this is "old" school considering my computer is 10 years old. But I have been having some issues with my computer and have traced it down to failing memory. I am replacing my 6gb of ram with Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9).
Just need to know if it's "plug-n-play" or do I need to make any changes in the BIOS? 
Thanks much for the help!

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    Re: Replacing the RAM on EVGA x58 sli3 2020/01/12 14:04:07 (permalink)
    It might or might not be plug-n-play.
    If you have manually set your old RAM to a fixed Frequency/Timing/Voltage and Command Rate in the BIOS, put all those settings back on [Auto], then Save & Exit BIOS..Then shut down your PC after it starts and put in your new RAM according to your motherboard DIMM Slot population recommendations..Then you can manually set the new RAM Frequency/Timing/Voltage to Corsair specs and a Command Rate of 2T/2N in the BIOS or just use the built-in X.M.P Profile of the RAM which will automatically do all that for you.

    You could kill the new RAM if you had manually set the old RAM voltage to a higher voltage than what the new RAM calls for, or it could fail to boot if you manually set the Frequency/Timing/Voltage and Command Rate of the old RAM and it doesn't match the new RAM specs.

    Clearing CMOS or loading Optimized Defaults in the BIOS would be another way, but that would put all the BIOS settings back to factory defaults (Auto) and you would then need to make any custom changes needed (such as CPU Overclock, Boot Disk Priority, etc.) all over again.
    Search for the CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 Specs over at Corsair.

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    Re: Replacing the RAM on EVGA x58 sli3 2020/01/12 14:59:22 (permalink)
    Your mobo and the ram that you've recently purchased are plug and play compatible but the right things to do when changing memory is to do what bob said and once done you will be able to load the XMP profile of your Corsair memory 

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