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Motherboard RAM-support, AS-Rock Extreme6 and 1.5V Kingston

by DC_DK / November 11, 2010 2:00 AM PST

Greetings from scandinavia.
I just bought an i7 950 with the Extreme6 MB, I choose to pick my tri-channel RAM-blocks among the few DDR3 on the market operating at 1.5volts. Read that the memory-controller in the i7 chip can get damaged by higher voltages! RAM-Specs:
Kingston ValueRAM 3 x 2 GB - Product code: KVR1066D3N7K3/6G
1066 MHz, PC3-8500 - 7-7-7-20
On-Die Termination (ODT) / Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)
AS-Rock's MB-support page does NOT have these modules on the Compatibility list!! Now Im afraid these Kingston RAM will cause a problem, this is my first rig-build!
Help me figure out whether I should send the RAM back

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Did you check with Kingston ??
by VAPCMD / November 11, 2010 2:22 AM PST

Have you tried the RAM ?


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by DC_DK / November 11, 2010 3:55 AM PST

No, I havent tried it yet, it has put my building on hold Sad

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Is this the X58 Extreme6?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 4:13 AM PST
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Hi Bob
by DC_DK / November 11, 2010 5:43 AM PST

Well, I read it in some articles, here are the ones i have the adress on:
-The source to my consearns is actually from the supportpage on the X58 Extreme6, the modules arent in the supported list!! How important is it to follow these guidances??
I have wrote to AsRock, and am in the process of contacting Kingston. Just thought, maybe someone knew how 'hard' one should follow that DDR-compatibility list.
(Thanks for answering guys) DC

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by DC_DK / November 11, 2010 5:57 AM PST

The articles said something about that core i7's integrated memory-controller could get damaged beyond repair by memory-modules operating ABOVE 1.5V. Almost all of the DDR3 triple-channel operate at 1.65V, but then I found these. Havent had the time to try to figure out, whether there IS a problem, or whether those sites(articles)are just AMD-freaks bashing superior enemy architecture Happy

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You're right but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 7:06 AM PST
In reply to: correction:

The chipset voltage and the memory voltage are on different supplies. I supplied the link to the Tom's Hardware so you could see that in the screen shot.

I don't see the problem. But that doesn't mean people won't fret over this.

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Oups !!
by DC_DK / November 11, 2010 7:02 AM PST

Just re-read those articles, and it seems I got it wrong: Its apparently only a problem when going BEYOND 1.5-1.65V -So Im going to return those Kingston, cause they are too slow!
BUT: Does anyone know how much one should follow that DDR3-compatibility list for supported modules???

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