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Can you run DDR2 in a DDR3 capable board?

Last response: in Motherboards
December 27, 2007 9:41:12 PM

I have seen a few P35 boards which can run P35, at the moment I dont want to buy DDR3 as its still expensive but if I but a P5K3 Asus board which can run DDR3 is it able to run DDR2 (I thought the sticks are keyed differently so DDR2's wont fit in DDR3 sockets?)

Reason I posted this is that I saw a Gigabyte board which is capable of running both, from what I understand P35 supports DDR3 but depends on the mobo maker what they select?
a b V Motherboard
December 27, 2007 9:54:04 PM

If the mobo has DDR2, then yes, it can run DDR2. If it only has DDR3 slots, it can only run DDR3.
a b V Motherboard
December 27, 2007 10:51:19 PM

^Agreed. Also if it has both some motherboards will let you run only one type, if you use DDR2 you won't be able to use DDR3 at the same time.
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December 27, 2007 11:22:27 PM

ddr2 memory wont fit into ddr3 slots, but some motherboard's hav both type of slots... so get a motherboard that supports both
December 28, 2007 7:02:10 AM

thanks guys, I guess these Gigabyte boards have both types of slot. TBH from what I've seen in reviews etc not sure DDR3 is worth the extra cash anyway