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Who is running RAM from the QVL list? Problems or no problems?

Vinny1001
Level 9
I've seen people run ram not on the QVL list without any problems, as well as many people having issues with the Z170 boards.

Can people post here and state simply what issues they're having and their ram, and if it's on the QVL list or not? Problems seem common across the boards

I'm at stock settings, no OC, Hero and Hero Alpha had issues

Issues:
-Audio pops from audio channels opening/closing with realtek/asus drivers only
-USB devices sometimes not detected on startup
-Q Code 00 once in awhile

RAM:
-G.SKILL F4-3000C15D-16GVR
-2x8GB sticks
-Reviews seem to be good though and some reviewers use it on the Hero without issues.

This ram is NOT on the QVL list.
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Chino
Level 15
I'm currently using the FURY DDR4 2666 32GB kit on the Maximus VIII Extreme without hiccups. I didn't bother to check if it's on the QVL since Kingston memory is pretty top notch and I've never ran into problems with their memory on ROG motherboards.

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GotKevlar
Level 7
My GSkill RAM is not in the QVL. Ive had no issues whatsoever and i am running overclocked.

I'm running that exact kit, Vinny. But mine's on an M8G. No problems whatsoever, whether using XMP settings or manual settings or even the Samsung 2x8GB Double-Sided 3000 1.35v profilesin the BIOS (my kit has Samsung chips). And that's with no adjustments to VCCIO or System Agent voltages.

ondersma80
Level 7
I run gskill F4-3000C15D-16GTZ and it is on the QVL. I have no issues at all and operate a modest 4.5 overclock. Vinni - the come and go USB at startup is a problem usually seen with ole Win 7. If your installation media did have the XHCI/usb3 driver embedded try toggling the XHCI Hand Off setting in the bios. It should be enabled for Win 7 IIRC.

Jagdseelen
Level 8
I am running the same ram(G-Skill F4-3000C15D-16GVR) and even though it is not on ASUS's QVL. It is QVL'd by G-Skill for the the M8H.

No problems with my system.

The_F34R_Channe
Level 7
My issues are a mystery; prepare for a long read... https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?81725-Maximus-VIII-Hero-q-codes-14-15-and-99

I'm running Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 which is not on the QVL (Corsair was rather late to the party, hence it isn't on it I'm sure, and Corsair doesn't have a QVL of their own and instead they say: "The DDR4 form factor is optimized for the latest Intel X99 and 100 Series motherboards"), have a boat load of issues but don't know if they are RAM related. I am looking at G.Skill RAM that's on both the Asus and G.Skill QVL, which is a lot however hardly anything is available in my country - which I find strange.

1. F4-3200C16D-16GVK (Ripjaws V)
2. F4-3000C15D-16GTZ (TridentZ)
3. HX430C15SB2K2/16 or HX430C15SBK2/16 (Kingston HyperX Savage - not on the QVL but hey, it's Kingston and Kingston always seems to work)
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I have a Asus VIII Ranger and im running G.Skill Model F4-3200C16Q-16GRK which IS on Asus's QVL but NOT on G.Skills QVL. I specifically got this memory because Asus's QVL shows that 4 sticks work. I only realized that G.Skill had a QVL after I bought the memory and I already took the heatspreaders off so I could put on EKWB waterblock. The memory does work after hitting a combination of MemOK and/or the reset switch and/or pulling the battery and or pulling the mem sticks and re-seating(which really sucks with the waterblock). I have gone through 2 motherboards and Ive run into alot of problems with it. First off you can forget about the XMP profile. It will not work and error 55 or 99. I have tried multiple bios updates with same result. I am so scared of trying to tweak it up to the 3200 because of these issues that ive kind of given up and am running at 2133 :(. Maybe the 1402 update will help.

Mick1985 wrote:
I have a Asus VIII Ranger and im running G.Skill Model F4-3200C16Q-16GRK which IS on Asus's QVL but NOT on G.Skills QVL. I specifically got this memory because Asus's QVL shows that 4 sticks work. I only realized that G.Skill had a QVL after I bought the memory and I already took the heatspreaders off so I could put on EKWB waterblock. The memory does work after hitting a combination of MemOK and/or the reset switch and/or pulling the battery and or pulling the mem sticks and re-seating(which really sucks with the waterblock). I have gone through 2 motherboards and Ive run into alot of problems with it. First off you can forget about the XMP profile. It will not work and error 55 or 99. I have tried multiple bios updates with same result. I am so scared of trying to tweak it up to the 3200 because of these issues that ive kind of given up and am running at 2133 :(. Maybe the 1402 update will help.


That G.Skill memory is a quad channel set designed for the X99 platform.

Go with the TridentZ sets since they are specifically designed for Z170 boards.
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NemesisChild wrote:
That G.Skill memory is a quad channel set designed for the X99 platform.

Go with the TridentZ sets since they are specifically designed for Z170 boards.


Ripjaws V are specifically made for Z170 as well.

How about sets that are made for / compatible with both X99 and Z100 chipsets according to their websites? There are a lot of those! Corsair slaps that info by every set e.g., like mine.
Asus Z370 Maximus X Hero | Intel Core i7-8700K 4.7GHz | Corsair H105 | G.Skill Trident Z 3333MHz CL16 16GB | Asus GTX 1080 Strix | EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2 | Crucial MX200 500 GB | 760T | Acer XB270HU 1440p | Windows 10 Pro x64