Solved

Will any DDR3 RAM work in any motherboard with DDR3 RAM slots?

I'm thinking about buying a new mobo.http://.It has 4 dual channel DDR3 RAM slots with strange numbers next to them in the diagram. My current mobo has 2 DDR3 RAM slots which contain 8GB(4x2) of RAM. Is my RAM(3491.7 MHz) compatible with this mobo? Thanks! :)
17 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about ddr3 ram work motherboard ddr3 ram slots
  1. Yes your RAM will most probably work, although the RAM overclock may not be stable.
  2. Make and model of modules?
  3. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Make and model of modules?



    Not sure. CPU-Z doesn't tell me. How would I find out?
  4. Check the sticker on the RAM.
  5. Should show the model in CPU-Z in the SPD tab next to part number. And the question may be more whether your rig can run the DRAM (to spec anyway), while the mobo may be capable, the defining factor of what data rates of DRAM you can run is the CPU's MC (memory controller), i.e. DRAM that's 3000 and up on a Z97 rig is going to need a strong K model CPU and with an OC on the CPU to carry those high data rates. So what CPU also?
  6. Tradesman1 said:
    Should show the model in CPU-Z in the SPD tab next to part number. And the question may be more whether your rig can run the DRAM (to spec anyway), while the mobo may be capable, the defining factor of what data rates of DRAM you can run is the CPU's MC (memory controller), i.e. DRAM that's 3000 and up on a Z97 rig is going to need a strong K model CPU and with an OC on the CPU to carry those high data rates. So what CPU also?

    I don't see a box that has to do with the model but i do see the serial number and the part number.:??:
  7. Part number ;) This is a generic 1600/11 stick. Which should work fine. The 3491 you list, is probably your NB freq (not the DRAM freq, you get this from the Memory tab of CPU-Z? yes?
  8. Tradesman1 said:
    Part number ;) This is a generic 1600/11 stick. Which should work fine. The 3491 you list, is probably your NB freq (not the DRAM freq, you get this from the Memory tab of CPU-Z? yes?


    Yes I did.
  9. OK, that's the NB freq, nothing to worry about, it's not the DRAM, including the NB in CPU-Z goes back to the 775 mobos and AMD where NB ties into what the DRAM can run at ;)
  10. Tradesman1 said:
    OK, that's the NB freq, nothing to worry about, it's not the DRAM, including the NB in CPU-Z goes back to the 775 mobos and AMD where NB ties into what the DRAM can run at ;)


    So it will work? And also here is he memory tab if you need it.:)
  11. Best answer
    Yep, it's running at 1600 (take freq (800) x 2 = effective (1600)) and at the proper timings
  12. Tradesman1 said:
    Yep, it's running at 1600 (take freq (800) x 2 = effective (1600)) and at the proper timings


    Thanks! Also here is the CPU tab because you asked about it earlier
    .
  13. Looks good!
  14. Tradesman1 said:
    Looks good!


    Also, one more question. What do the numbers mean in this diagram of the mobo?
  15. The (OC)/2800 et al - those are different data rates of DRAM the mobo can handle (the (OC) indicates it may take a CPU/MN OC to run at that data rate. Keep in mind while the mobo can handle them, the CPU/MC is the primary determining factor
  16. Tradesman1 said:
    The (OC)/2800 et al - those are different data rates of DRAM the mobo can handle (the (OC) indicates it may take a CPU/MN OC to run at that data rate. Keep in mind while the mobo can handle them, the CPU/MC is the primary determining factor


    Sorry to bother you but do all of the RAM slots on the mobo need to be filled in order for it to work?
  17. No, they are available if needed, on a four slot mobo, 2 is optimal (dual channel) though can run 1, 2, 3 or 4 sticks
Ask a new question

Read More

Motherboards DDR3 RAM Dual Channel Compatibility