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April 16, 2013 7:34:10 AM

Im just wandering if i can buy ram that isn't on the qvl of my motherboard and how well will it work if it does even work?

mobo- Asus Sabertooth z77

Ive been looking at these but there not on the QVL .... will they work?

Out of these which would be best for heavy gaming?

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a c 203 } Memory
April 16, 2013 7:39:09 AM

You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
One place to check is your motherboards web site.
For more current info than the QVL go to a ram vendor's web site and access their ram selection configurator.
Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits.
While today's motherboards are more tolerant of different ram, it makes sense to buy ram that is known to work and is supported.
Amd... for what it is worth, I think the Sabretooth is overpriced. Most any Z77 motherboard at half the price will serve as well.

You are looking at very high priced ram. Spend those bucks elsewhere. Ivy bridge does not benefit from fast ram. Read this:

And... tall heat spreaders are not necessary for 1.5v. ram. They are mostly marketing and can interfere with top end cpu coolers.
Buy low profile instead.
a c 139 } Memory
April 16, 2013 7:44:12 AM

Make sure the ram is 1.5v or. Less.
April 16, 2013 7:52:03 AM

Any of these should work fine. All the list means is that the mobo manufacturer actually tried that ram in their testing. They can not possibly test all ram.

Toms has done a couple of articles over the years comparing ram speeds and prices to gaming performance. A $80 1600mhz kit is only about 1% slower than a $300 2200mhz kit.

My advice is to go to newegg or amazon and find the cheapest 1600mhz cas 9 1.5v volt kit you can. That will give you the best compatibility and the best performance to dollar.

I would do something like this.