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Installing low speed ram into high speed slots.

by Eraysor1 / June 14, 2009 11:39 PM PDT

I am planning on purchasing a Gigabyte GA-P31-ES3G iP31 motherboard, which a website lists as compatible with PC2-6400, PC2-5300 and PC2-8500 ram. Would it be possible to use the two 2GB PC2-4200 modules I already have with this motherboard?

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Maybe, But Why?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 15, 2009 2:54 AM PDT

Yes, I know it would be cheaper to use RAM you already own...but since you now have a new motherboard which is designed to go faster, why not take advantage of it?

And more importantly, because the specs of the motherboard indicate a different type of RAM, using anything other than the specified RAM is taking a chance of damaging the newly purchased MOBO. That would also lead the more money spent for a replacement. Personally, I choose to follow the specs indicated.

Hope this helps.


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You should be ok with the pc2 4200, but...
by ahtoi / June 15, 2009 3:36 AM PDT

Grif also has a good point there. Of course we are talking a saving of less than $30 here for 2G. or about $50 for 4.

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by Eraysor1 / June 15, 2009 3:49 AM PDT

Thanks for your responses! Rather than ruin a nice motherboard I'm going to get some PC2-6400 ram instead. The increased speed will be useful too!

Thanks again.

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