Should I RMA my Motherboad

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December 16, 2011 at 17:46:22
Specs: WinXP pro Sp3, Intel i7-2600K / 2X4 Corsair vengeance Low Profile 1600MHZ

I bought a new Asus motherboard it's an Asus p8Z68-v pro/Gen3

First Bench test show that the motherboard Boots like a

Champ as long as you don't plug any memory into

Slots A1 or A2.

So it seems like The Asus P8Z68-V pro/Gen3 has a bad memory Slots

Especially if the sticks working in either B1, B2 singly

I also tried each stick individually in each RAM

Slot (A1 through B2) and confirmed that every RAM

Module is working as they would all allow the

System to boot when plugged into B1 or B2, but

none of them would allow the system to boot when

Plugged into A1 or A2 or any combination which

Included A1 or A2). In all the testing I never

Really had to apply an unusual amount of force

To install the RAM in any slot.

So do you think Guys I bought a Faulty motherboard & I should RMA to ASUS


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December 16, 2011 at 17:54:37
Always a guess unless you have more to go on.

Send it back. If the replacement fails exactly the same then you know you made a mistake.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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December 16, 2011 at 18:00:00
A mistake, what exactly do you mean !

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December 16, 2011 at 18:04:10
According to the manual, when using a single stick, it should go in A2. When 2 sticks are installed, they should go in A2 & B2. Having to exert a fair amount of force to seat the RAM in it's slot isn't unusual. Since you're benchtesting, just slip a piece of cardboard under the board & push firmly & evenly until it locks in place.

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December 16, 2011 at 18:14:06
I tried what the manual said about Installing the Ram with no Joy

The System only Boots when the Ram Installed on B1, B2 otherwise will not power-up

Also I was Bench testing the Motherboard over a big piece of cardboard

Therefore, I strongly believe the Motherboard had a Bad memory slots.

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December 16, 2011 at 18:22:31
I would RMA the board. If the second board does the same thing I would request a refund and research using a different board.

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December 16, 2011 at 18:26:22
I was thinking about buying a Gigabyte Z68Xp-Ud4

Unfortunately, most Gigabyte motherboards had a Boot loops issues.

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December 16, 2011 at 18:37:51
Keep looking I am sure there are many different boards that will fit your needs.

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December 16, 2011 at 20:21:25
Do you only have 2 sticks of RAM? I'm curious if you've tried 3 or 4 sticks & what the results are?

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December 17, 2011 at 05:58:00
I searched a lot for a motherboard & I was very
Interested in Buying a Gigabyte Motherboard, But
after reading about the boot loops issues with
most Z68 Gigabyte I decided to give Asus P8z68
a shot Because Asus P8z68-v- pro/Gen3 has
support for PCIE 3.0 & the upcoming Intel
IVY Bridge beside it has So many good features
& not bad customer review, Well now after I
have the chance to bench testing the
Asus p8z68-v-pro/Gen3 I'm very disappointed
Because that motherboard it looks too weak &
not well solid build as the Gigabyte
motherboard & I was wondering if it really
can physically handle The Noctua Nh-d14
CPU Cooler Heatsink Fan without Breaking down

In regards to the memory I have the best memory in the Market for that motherboard the

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Also I think 8GB is good enough for everything


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December 17, 2011 at 07:47:09
Have you tried 4 sticks of RAM to see if they're all recognized or not? If you haven't, you're not done troubleshooting.

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December 17, 2011 at 09:52:47
Quite frankly, I don't try myself the 4x4 on this motherboard

But the other customer who experienced exactly the same issues with the same motherboard did with no joy

Just take a look:


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December 17, 2011 at 10:05:12
Mistake as in I have no idea what you have. On the surface it seems like you may have researched this. I make a large assumption that you have selected the OEM's suggested memory, that you have used bios to select or verify the correct ram setting, that all other bios settings are correct, that you cpu is in fact good and that no other part is defective such as psu or video. I test with all other parts out if possible but in all cases on can't assume anything. It could be you are on a real bench or in a case that may have a bad standoff shorting.

It could be that you didn't install the ram well and when this so called tight slot was really you bending up the board or connector.

I could imagine more mistakes.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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December 17, 2011 at 11:11:30
I'm doing just a Bench testing outside the case

The Bench test made over a Large piece of cardboard

1) CPU + Intel stock Fan

2) One or Two sticks of Ram

3) On board Video

4) Speaker

5) Keyboard

6) PSU Corsair TX 950

7) Samsung 24 LCD Monitor

I Bought a Brand new Intel i7-2600k three months ago

I used a well- known working corsair TX 950 PSU

Corsair vengeance 2x4 low profile 1600MHZ Compatible with the Asus p8z68-v pro/Gen3 & tested with Corsair Technician

PS: The Ram Installed outside the case without using Unusual Force

All the memory slot looks perfectly fine, CPU
Pins & motherboard 1155 socked pins in a very
good conditions, in the past I never had any
single issues with Gigabyte motherboards this
is the first issues I have with Asus motherboard


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December 17, 2011 at 21:07:58
Maybe its time to go back to Gigabyte if you can make the swap out from where you purchased it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 18, 2011 at 06:57:16
Basically, I was leaning toward buying the Gigabyte Z68Xp-ud4

But after reading so many customer review about the new Z68 Gigabyte Especially about the boot loops issues make me a little hesitating

Therefore, I decided after so many search to give the Asus p8z68-v pro/Gen3 a shot

All in all I'm not very Impressed with Asus motherboard

Especially about the physical build it looks too weak & easy

To Break down especially if you're looking to Use an

After market cooler such as Noctua NH-D14, Prolimatech

Megahalems, Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V Heatsink, Zalman CNPS11X Extreme Heatsink, etc.

Anyhow: The store I bought the Asus motherboard from refused to Swap the Asus P8Z68-v pro/Gen3

To a Gigabyte motherboard & the manager said it against

The Store policy, but he said he will only Exchange with the same Motherboard model.


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