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DDR3 1.5v vs 1.6v Haswell

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February 25, 2014 1:29:14 PM

So I have a Gigabyte ga-z87x-ud3h I believe it states the memory being 1.5v. I found a great price for 2133mhz of g.skill ripjaw x 16gb 2x8gb but they are 1.6v can I OC the board to accept 1.6v will it be unstable and cause problems?
I can get the ram for the same price as a the 1866mhz. its just the 1.6v is making me uncomfortable, I would like to know if it would work.

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February 25, 2014 1:35:07 PM

You are perfectly fine with the RAM running at 1.6v.
Nothing to worry about.
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February 25, 2014 1:36:16 PM

Try enabling the XMP profile for the memory in BIOS. it probably sets it up for you.
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February 25, 2014 1:43:00 PM

The only problem is that it does technically void the warranty on the CPU. Other than that it should run fine.
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February 25, 2014 1:48:04 PM

Well, should I just stick with the 1866mhz to be on the safe side? would it hurt using a 1.6.. I mean worse case scenario?
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February 25, 2014 2:27:16 PM

1.6v ram is really 1.5v ram that can be overclocked to reach higher speeds.

I would not chase higher speed ram for haswell. In real app performance or FPS, you are looking at 11-3% differences between slow and fast ram. I would stick with 1866, and look for lower latencies if anything.
Read this:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-ha...
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February 25, 2014 2:43:27 PM

geofelt said:
1.6v ram is really 1.5v ram that can be overclocked to reach higher speeds.

I would not chase higher speed ram for haswell. In real app performance or FPS, you are looking at 11-3% differences between slow and fast ram. I would stick with 1866, and look for lower latencies if anything.
Read this:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-ha...


Hey thanks for that, it took a lot of weight off my shoulders.

thanks for everyone else's comments as well. The 2133mhz sticks I'm looking to get are cl9 with 9-11-11
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February 25, 2014 3:08:58 PM

Just remember to go into bios and select your XMP profile.. that will automatically set timings and voltage for the ram.
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February 25, 2014 3:11:37 PM

bignastyid said:
The only problem is that it does technically void the warranty on the CPU. Other than that it should run fine.


No, it doesn't. Why do people say this? Where did this even come from? I'm anal enough to have read the ENTIRE warranty booklet that came with one of my Haswell CPUs and it says nothing at all about voiding your warranty for this.
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February 25, 2014 3:25:46 PM

Deuce65 said:
bignastyid said:
The only problem is that it does technically void the warranty on the CPU. Other than that it should run fine.


No, it doesn't. Why do people say this? Where did this even come from? I'm anal enough to have read the ENTIRE warranty booklet that came with one of my Haswell CPUs and it says nothing at all about voiding your warranty for this.


Yeah I didn't think it did either, I just don't want a 1.6v to fry the cpu if the cpu only recommends 1.5v
I went on pcpartpicker.com and put in all my parts and the only compatibility note was

Compatibility Notes
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.6V exceeds the Intel Haswell CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum.


And as far and the xmp setting, Ive read that people don't like normally doing that
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February 25, 2014 7:32:29 PM

XMP profile is the way to go.. atleast for me.. it sets up the timings the way the memory manufac wanted them to be. Also, helps with stability
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February 25, 2014 8:30:08 PM

Deuce65 said:
bignastyid said:
The only problem is that it does technically void the warranty on the CPU. Other than that it should run fine.


No, it doesn't. Why do people say this? Where did this even come from? I'm anal enough to have read the ENTIRE warranty booklet that came with one of my Haswell CPUs and it says nothing at all about voiding your warranty for this.


I heard it and dug, could find anything written so I asked an Intel rep and was told that it did.They recommend 1.5v +5%(1.575). Its the same recommendation PCpartpicker gives when building a system.
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February 25, 2014 8:49:39 PM

Wow, i was about to ask this same question about RAM but then I saw this thread. What a coincidence.

So you can buy 1.65v memory for a board that says to use 1.5v? Does this go for all mobos or just the one that the thread-maker is talking about?
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February 25, 2014 9:31:50 PM

The 1.5 +/- is directed at the native freq 1600 sticks, I normally recommend 1.5 through 1866, and from 2133 and up 1.6-1.65 is perfectly fine, in fact Intel even certifies DRAM at 1.65 - Also Haswell likes fast DRAM, though 1600-1866 is perfectly fine for gaming, if you are into imaging, video, VMs, CAD, do a lot of multi-tasking, you prob be pleased with 2133-2400 (or even higher)
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February 25, 2014 9:34:05 PM

bignastyid said:
Deuce65 said:
bignastyid said:
The only problem is that it does technically void the warranty on the CPU. Other than that it should run fine.


No, it doesn't. Why do people say this? Where did this even come from? I'm anal enough to have read the ENTIRE warranty booklet that came with one of my Haswell CPUs and it says nothing at all about voiding your warranty for this.


I heard it and dug, could find anything written so I asked an Intel rep and was told that it did.They recommend 1.5v +5%(1.575). Its the same recommendation PCpartpicker gives when building a system.


I was told by another Intel rep that it won't void the warranty. This is in line with what is expected considering that XMP is an Intel trademark, and all memory modules carrying the XMP trademark have been validated by Intel.

Stable operation outside the specifications of the CPU is not guaranteed, but using XMP won't void the warranty.
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February 26, 2014 7:26:46 AM

So my G.skills 2133mhz will work without issues? as long as I set up xmp profile in bios
If I set up in xmp will it raise the timings and lower the voltage. or can I keep the voltage and the low timings
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a c 2180 } Memory
February 26, 2014 7:44:46 AM

Depending on your CPU yes, K models should be fine , some of the entry level CPUs may be rather iffy
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February 26, 2014 9:09:15 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Depending on your CPU yes, K models should be fine , some of the entry level CPUs may be rather iffy


mine is a i7-4770k, do I have to set the ram in bios or can I just plug and play

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February 26, 2014 9:23:09 AM

Awesome thread lots of good information. Or at least the answers I was looking for. My thread just didn't get the responses I was looking for. I had the same compatibility issue flag up on my pcpartpicker list. My mobo supports high speed ram but the i74770k has the lower recommended voltages.
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February 26, 2014 10:10:05 AM

vostro89 said:
Awesome thread lots of good information. Or at least the answers I was looking for. My thread just didn't get the responses I was looking for. I had the same compatibility issue flag up on my pcpartpicker list. My mobo supports high speed ram but the i74770k has the lower recommended voltages.


I know it was very useful information. but my ga-z87x-ud3h motherboard on the website shows its can take
2400(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules, but I can get a good price of these 2133mhz RAM for the same price as the 1866mhz. also the website states maximum of 1.5v so which is why I'm a bit confused on the matter.
Same with the i7-4770k I'm not 100% sure it will accept the memory voltage

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February 26, 2014 1:16:47 PM

So I have confirmed through email with Gigabyte and G.Skill and With the i7-4770k it all is compatible.
The G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 1.6v I ordered arrived and there was a big
sticker on the front package of the very sexy looking ram. "Z87 Compatible"

Thank you everyone for your answers I will decide which to choose for the best solution, I would love to give you all best solutions
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February 26, 2014 1:28:37 PM

Have fun w/ them ;) 
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