So I finally have everything dialed in where I want it. Setting up keybindings (especially in DCS) is a chore I wouldn’t wish on my enemies, and VR tuning is a beast all on its own.
Overall, the build went smoothly. I did have an issue that was caused in part by being an early adopter of DDR5, and the other part was me not doing enough research prior to purchase.
As anyone who had built a computer knows, RAM can be a pain in the ass, and the cause of many issues down the line. Just looking up specs and trying to find the right combinations of speed/latency is daunting. But you also have to know how your preferred motherboard is going to interact with it once it’s installed.
So I went with the fancy schmancy DDR5 6000 speed RAM; which came as 4 sticks of 16 GB each. The lack of research I mentioned earlier had me throw all four of them in there like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor…MORE POWER!!!
It would’ve been just fine except for the fact that I wanted those advertised 6000 MT speeds. So I enabled XMP in the BIOS like any n00b! It worked; then didn’t work, then worked, then crashed, then stabilized, then crashed, etc. This was happening intermittently mind you, and it was also throwing GPU errors in the mix as a bonus.
I googled the shit out of the GPU errors first and the majority pointed to system RAM as the root cause, but I’m smarter than them, and didn’t listen to that (because I’m truly a moron!) I ended up running my factory OC’ed 3090 at stock speeds, and it worked for a couple days before the errors started again.
Started going down the RAM rabbit hole after that, and found several posts on Reddit that led me to something I should have known when I purchased everything. With these new motherboards and RAM kits, the BIOS’ are in the their infancy. They can supports the speeds advertised, but only with two DIMM slots, not all four.
So I backed it down to 32 GB of RAM, and then went into a 24 hour stress test cycle with everything I could find, along with some help from the Reddit folks. Now I get advertised speeds on a rock solid system, and the GPU is running happily along at its advertised OC speeds.
The lesson, as always, do your research before the build, lest you start pulling out hair you can’t afford to lose.
I’ll hang on to this other 32 GB RAM kit and hope that the BIOS will eventually catch up, but right now, I’m just happy this thing is running as intended. She’s a real beast!