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April 4, 2007 10:46:12 AM

Hello anyone

I am planning to upgrade my computer. I have chosen a MSI motherboard which has a RAM memory standard of DDR2 667 support but i want to purchse CORSAIRS RAM which has Speed DDR2 675 (PC2 5400)...Will this cause a problem or will it function. I am confused. I look forward for your emergent reply.

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Francis
April 4, 2007 1:30:58 PM

The best way to check RAM compatibility is to go to the mfg website, in this case CORSAIRS, enter the mfg/model number of your mobo, and it should tell you all the RAM that is compatible.
April 4, 2007 10:31:54 PM

I would also recommend checking these and MSI's forums. I know some of the new boards are picky, should I say strict, on the 1.8v +-0.1v standard and may not post if more is required, though once into BIOS setup some mobos allow you to set the voltage and timings to that required by your modules.

I have a MSI P6N SLI Platinum, using PDP Systems (Patriot) PDC22G6400LLK PC-6400 (DDR-800) DDR2 RAM. It boots without additional voltage on this mobo.

If you seek further assistance you should post the specifics of your system, or what you are planning to buy/having trouble with/etc. so people know and do not have to go back and forth in a Q and A. In your case: make, model, mfr, and versions of the mobo and ram.

I've had a couple of ASUS mobos and this MSI and when it comes to customer support, neither are worth a fart.
Godd luck,
TonyB.
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April 5, 2007 5:46:56 AM

Thank you for the reply I have done more research the mobo I plan to buy is
MSI 945GM3-F LGA 775 Intel 945G Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Main Memory

• Supports 2 unbuffered DIMM of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
• Supports up to 2GB memory size
• Support Dual Channel DDR2 667/533MHz and up(*DDR2 Memory Modules are not the same as DDR Memory Module, please check your memory vendor for more information)

and the RAM is
Brand CORSAIR
Series XMS2
Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4
Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Tech Spec
Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
Speed DDR2 675 (PC2 5400)
Cas Latency 4
Timing 4-4-4-12
Voltage 1.9V
Heat Spreader Yes
Recommend Use Gaming Memory

OR AN

Brand OCZ
Series S.O.E
Model OCZ2SOE6672GK
Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Tech Spec
Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
Speed DDR2 667 (PC2 5400)
Cas Latency 4
Timing 4-4-4-12
Voltage 1.9V
Heat Spreader Yes
Features Camo Motif XTC Heatspreader


Which RAM would you prefer and Can I setup the voltage specifications on this motherboard. If you can shed some more light I would be very grateful. thank you
April 5, 2007 11:41:31 AM

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Thank you for the reply I have done more research the mobo I plan to buy is
MSI 945GM3-F LGA 775 Intel 945G Micro ATX Intel Motherboard



If you can afford it, you might want to look at either a 965 or 650i mobo, both of which are newer than the 945.
April 5, 2007 4:42:32 PM

I've never used Corsair nor OCZ, but from the forums (here, Anandtech, MSI, and ASUS) it seems OCZ has been experiencing problems with their parts. Corsair XM2 modules were also one of the modules with the most FTB compaints on the 680 and 650SLI mobos, so I went with Patriot. The price was right as well!

Like g-paw said, check the Corsair site and their configuration utility, as well as the mobo manufactures site for the test report(s) on memory for that board (usually a PDF). I see you are building an SFF box so choices of mobos is limitted, but I agree with g-paw, again; I'd want one of the more current chipsets.

TonyB.
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P6N SLI Platinum, MSI
E6400 @ 3000.0MHz (8x375)
w/Sythe Ninja plus Rev. B
2GB Patriot PC-6400/DDR2-800 PDC22G6400LLK@375MHz
XFX Fatal1ty GeForce 7600GT
2xIDE HDD
1xLiteOn DVD-R/RW
Antec TP-430 PSU
Audigy2ZS
Presonus Firebox
M-Audio O2

2666.4 MHz (333.3x8) 1:1 ok
2932.8 MHz (366.6x8) 1:1 ok
3000.0 MHz (8x375) 1:1 Alright!
3200.0 MHz (400.0x8) oopso! So far!
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