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Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard with 2000 MHz RAM

Just plugged 8GB of G.Skill 2133 mhz ram into my desktop.  The memory clock speed stayed at 1333 mhz when I did so which led to some fiddling with bios settings.

I have a Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard with an i5 2.8 Ghz processor and plugged in 2 x 4GB modules of the F3-17000CL11D Ripjaws ram from G.Skill (in a nice red color to boot).  Motherboard manual is here, http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3440#manual

Once in the bios config in the ‘MB Intelligent Tweaker’, the ‘Advanced Memory Settings’ seemed to have what I needed, ‘Extreme Memory Profiles’ for different speeds.   Profile 2 put the speed at 2130 mhz and all the advanced timing settings matched the memory specs (11-11-11-30 2N).  Unfortunately, it wouldn’t boot.  Switching between the different  profiles (disabled, profile 1, profile 2) and ‘Performance Enhance’ modes (standard, turbo, extreme) didn’t help much, the only way  I could boot was at 1600 Mhz in the disabled profile with extreme performance enhance.

Fortunately I hit on a nice overclocking guide, http://www.overclockers.com/3-step-guide-overclock-core-i3-i5-i7/

Leaving the memory settings at the default values, I  went into the ‘Advanced Frequency Settings’ section and changed the Base Clock BCLK to 200Mz with  the CPU Clock Ratio at 16x.  This gave me an overclocked CPU speed of 3.2 Ghz (seemed reasonable and a nice bonus) and put the Memory Frequency at 2000 MHZ (good enough).

After a few hours of serious programming work, the system has been completely stable and seems a bit faster.  Hope that helps.

Running your Government

In the absence of InnoVoter / StickyVote, you may be wondering, “how can I best manage my Government?”  I’m happy to report that this area is still a hotbed of startup activity.  Although several contemporary projects have shut down, some have morphed and new ones have started.

One of the new, Votizen.com, raised $1.5 million just over a year ago and has quite the who’s who of advisers and investors.  Interestingly they have chosen to focus on voter registration records; one of the big early decisions I made was just to prototype that piece and to leave full implementation for later.  Before too long we should see whether that will form a strong foundation for Votizen to build on or a crushing weight of software and data maintenance.

Next on the list is PopVox.com, co-founded by the guy behind govtrack.us, which is still a great source of Federal legislative data.  To communicate with Congress this is the best tool I’ve seen, they have great widgets and do a good job of grouping similar bills together.  The one other I recommend is OpenCongress.org, a non-profit with a strong community of users commenting on bills as well as any easy place to find general information on Congress.

SOTU 2012

After putting the kid to bed I caught the latter part of the State of the Union.  Good combative speech, I generally liked it.  I would have enjoyed more humility in the mention of our partnerships with other countries, we’re not actually in charge of the world it turns out.  But I do enjoy a feisty speech.

And the Republican response?  I liked the theme, a loyal opposition is critical and Mitch Daniels started off well.  However, “As a loyal opposition, who put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology or any self-interest.”  Oh, is that what threatening default on the debt was, causing economic uncertainty for months, the national interest?  Sorry Mitch, had to laugh you off the stage at that point.