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Memory/mobo compatibility? Confused?

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March 13, 2014 9:15:40 AM

Hi all,

Built a new system recently, and I think I may have made a mistake.

Not knowing much about building computers, I used PCPartPicker (as many people do) to build my new PC. The parts are already on order. I'm worried about compatibility between two parts that I ordered, the motherboard and the memory.

The motherboard is: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
The memory is: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 240-pin

When I look the mobo up, it tells me that it only supports DDR3 1066/1333 memory. However, PCPartPicker told me that there were no incompatibilities between the two parts, and I've found several accounts of people using 1600 memory on the board. Even Crucial.com suggests DDR3 1600 memory when I look up the mobo.

Can anyone clear up this confusion for me? I'm worried I'll have to wait another while before I can use my PC.

Thanks,

Kyle

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March 13, 2014 9:30:57 AM

it will work, your motherboard is rated to run memory at speeds of 1066mhz and 1333mhz. if you have memory that exceeds the requirements then the motherboard will slow it down and run it at what the motherboard can handle. now if you wanted to overclock the memory to reach the 1600mhz speed then that's up to you but it's unecessary.

so long story short it'll work, the motherboard will probably run it at 1333mhz
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March 13, 2014 9:35:37 AM

dariens007 said:
it will work, your motherboard is rated to run memory at speeds of 1066mhz and 1333mhz. if you have memory that exceeds the requirements then the motherboard will slow it down and run it at what the motherboard can handle. now if you wanted to overclock the memory to reach the 1600mhz speed then that's up to you but it's unecessary.

so long story short it'll work, the motherboard will probably run it at 1333mhz


Awesome, thanks. Overclocking is an option I suppose.

It's an mATX board going into a mid-tower case with RAM faster than it can handle...

Man. This is going to be one goofy setup.

Thanks for your help.
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