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Memory Speed Below Motherboard Standard Memory Speed

Last response: in Motherboards
January 30, 2008 9:31:20 PM

Can I use a memory with slower speeds than the motherboard's standard memory speed? For example, can I use DDR2800 with an X38 board whose standard is DDR2 1200? if so, are there any drawbacks?
January 30, 2008 10:16:00 PM

I'm not sure what's meant by "natively"
I go by Newegg which reports different "Standard Speeds" for different boards manufactured by different brands. I don't know what Standard Memory Speed means in Newegg's term. So I'd like to know if I can use memory that is slower than this so called Standard Speed and if it will work, and whether there will be a speed compensation or something of that sort
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January 31, 2008 1:56:57 AM

"memory standard" that they refer to will be MAX supported memory.

yes you will be fine with DDR2 800
January 31, 2008 5:53:45 PM

So really anything below the "memory standard" as newegg calls it is completely/entirely/fully functional and compatible just as well as the max speed?
January 31, 2008 7:19:05 PM

Thats correct, although to confuse you a little more if you have a CPU with 1066FSB minimum is 533 DDR2 if you have 1333FSB CPU then minimum is 667 DDR2