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Higher MHz Memory possible for Xeon CPUs?

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November 14, 2013 12:15:54 PM

Hi erverybody!

I'm going to upgrade my aged gaming PC. I never was an overclocker and I don't need inprocessor GPU so the Xeon looks attactive to me. Particularly I'm looking at the E3-1230v3.

Question: Since the Xeons are not overclockable is it true that there is no use for memory above DDR3-1600? Is the best option here to go for DDR3-1600 with a low CL (CL7)?

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November 14, 2013 12:23:54 PM

Your current motherboard is also a LGA 1150 socket?
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November 14, 2013 12:30:01 PM

skit75 said:
Your current motherboard is also a LGA 1150 socket?


No I don't. But I gonna buy one for upgrading. Something to consider in choosing one?
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November 14, 2013 12:40:15 PM

Just wondering why you would choose Xeon and other costly server parts for your gaming rig. Are you using ECC memory?
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November 14, 2013 12:51:57 PM

skit75 said:
Just wondering why you would choose Xeon and other costly server parts for your gaming rig. Are you using ECC memory?


If I'm informend correctly that way i basicly get a i7 (3.3-3.7GHz) for a lower price, but without inCPU graphics (which I don't need, have a graphics card) and without overclocking.

ECC do I need that? Benefits?
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November 14, 2013 1:28:32 PM

NonUser said:
skit75 said:
Just wondering why you would choose Xeon and other costly server parts for your gaming rig. Are you using ECC memory?


If I'm informend correctly that way i basicly get a i7 (3.3-3.7GHz) for a lower price, but without inCPU graphics (which I don't need, have a graphics card) and without overclocking.

ECC do I need that? Benefits?


No, you don't need ECC memory for gaming. Regular DDR3 @ 1600MHz will be fine.
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November 14, 2013 2:28:37 PM

skit75 said:
NonUser said:
skit75 said:
Just wondering why you would choose Xeon and other costly server parts for your gaming rig. Are you using ECC memory?


If I'm informend correctly that way i basicly get a i7 (3.3-3.7GHz) for a lower price, but without inCPU graphics (which I don't need, have a graphics card) and without overclocking.

ECC do I need that? Benefits?


No, you don't need ECC memory for gaming. Regular DDR3 @ 1600MHz will be fine.


Thank you.

That leaves my question if RAM with higher speed is (not) an option with a Xeon? Could I buy let's say DDR3 @ 2133Mhz an set it to that speed with a Xeon CPU?
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November 14, 2013 3:03:08 PM

RAM is backwards compatible by speed within its generation, so yes, you could buy higher speed DDR3 RAM and it will only run at the supported memory controller speed or at the lowest clock frequency of an individual module, whichever is lower.
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