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Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 - RAM upgrade

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Hi there,

I am seeking some advice from members of the community who have some knowledge around RAM configurations, XMP, timings etc.

I recently bought an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 on sale from Dell with the following specs:

  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800 (8-Core, 36MB Total Cache, Max Boost Clock of 4.6GHz)

  • Windows 11 Home, English

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 LHR

  • 16GB, 1x16GB, DDR4, 3200MHz, XMP

  • 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)

  • Dark Side of the Moon chassis with Low-Profile Smart Cooling CPU Heatsink and 1000W Power Supply

Because it was on sale, there is no option to customize the build and so it came with single channel factory RAM. I am aware there are issues with upgrading RAM that is not from of Dell's validated list OEM list as per many posts online: Solved: Aurora R10, memory upgrade - Dell Community

The Dell user manual does show the following RAM can be used:

Configurations supported:
• 8 GB XMP at 2666 MHz
• 16 GB XMP at 2666 MHz
• 32 GB XMP at 2666 MHz
• 16 GB XMP at 2933 MHz
• 32 GB XMP at 2933 MHz
• 16 GB XMP at 3200 MHz
• 32 GB XMP at 3200 MHz
• 64 GB XMP at 2666 MHz
• 64 GB XMP at 2933 MHz
• 64 GB XMP at 3200 MHz
• 8 GB HyperX DDR4 XMP at 3200 MHz
• 16 GB HyperX DDR4 XMP at 3200 MHz

I wanted to upgrade the RAM to dual channel and so bought the following RAM: Kingston 32GB Kit (2x16GB) DDR4 Fury Beast RGB C16 3200MHz (RGB because they did not have non-RGB in stock) as per the shop person's suggestion. This RAM voltage is 1.35V. By the way, the person at the shop said I could return it if it did not work in my system.

When I turned on the PC and went to BIOS it showed the RAM speed to be at 2933Mhz. Under performance settings, this was with the Overclock setting profile "OC2" which is what the factory RAM was set to initially. I changed it to "OC1" and rebooted the system and it showed 3200Mhz. It was working fine until I shut it down and then tried to turn it back on again. The PC would not boot and a yellow light flashed 2-3 times on the unit. I had to reset BIOS via the 2 pin jumper on the motherboard.

I then tried the following "Customization" profile configuration:

Memory voltage: Manual
Adjust memory voltage value: 1.35V
Memory frequency: 1600Mhz (half of 3200Mhz)
Tcl: Auto
Trcdrd: Auto
Trcdwr: Auto
Trp: Auto
Tras: Auto

With this setting, the system booted fine and the speed is 3200Mhz (displayed both in BIOS and Windows Task manager). I haven't had any issues with boot up or any coloured lights (yellow or red) on the front of the unit. CPU-Z shows the following information:

Uncore Frequency: 1596.8Mhz
DRAM Frequency: 1596.8Mhz
FSB:DRAM: 1:16
CAS# Latency (CL): 22.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD): 22 clocks
RAS # Precharge (tRP): 22 clocks
Cycle time (tRAS): 52 clocks
Bank cycle time (tRC): 74 clocks
Command rate (CR): 1T

This is the RAM product sheet: KF432C16BBAK2_32 (kingston.com)

Just wondering if someone could have a look at the timings and see if there is any cause for concern with my above manual settings (especially with the "Auto" settings), i.e. any long term considerations for hardware integrity, performance issues, RAM warranty - with running the RAM at these settings.

Thank you for your time!
 

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