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Question concerning motherboard and ram compatibility

by Reaper2794 / May 30, 2010 9:22 AM PDT

Hey guys. I was looking at my parts that I had picked out and I was hoping to ask you guys some questions about ram and stuff.

The ram I have picked out is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1600_4gb-_-20-231-193-_-Product

and my motherboard is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

Now, it says my ram is 1600 and my motherboard says the memory standard is 2200/1333/1066/800.

Does that mean only THOSE speeds will work with my motherboard or what?

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it will work, but...
by ramarc / May 30, 2010 11:13 AM PDT

any ram faster than ddr3-1333 often has to be manually configured in the bios to meet its stated performance level. don't be upset if you plug it in and it winds up running at ddr3-1066 (or slower). unless you like tweaking your bios, consider ddr3-1333 (you won't notice the difference).

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by Brechan / May 30, 2010 6:35 PM PDT
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Ok so..
by Reaper2794 / May 31, 2010 6:20 AM PDT

from what I understand, I simply have to set the BIOS up manually so it runs at it's optimal speed? and that's pretty easy right?

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Get the specs
by Brechan / May 31, 2010 6:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Ok so..

from the manufacturers website directly (RAM timings, min./ max voltage, etc.) then key these into your BIOS settings; save and exit, reboot.
Wouldn't hurt to run Prime '95 or Memtest for a few hours to make sure all is stable.

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Thank you
by Reaper2794 / May 31, 2010 6:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Get the specs

Thank you very much.

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You're welcome
by Brechan / May 31, 2010 6:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

Keep us updated as to how things progress with the new build Happy

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