Hey everyone. All I need to know is what are the acceptable voltages the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L can handle when it comes to memory? Like, will it burn out if I try to run 2.3V memory? What about 2.1V memory?
The motherboard specs on gigabytes website says 1.8V for memory, but almost all the RAM I see for 1000MHz speeds (which this motherboard can definitely handle according to the specs as well) seem to be 2.0V to 2.3V at minimum.
I don't want to buy some ram and burn something out cause of something so simple.
I will be running a 32-bit OS for now, so I know a bit of that 4GB RAM will be wasted, but then when I do get a 64-bit OS, at least I have it. On the other hand that OCZ RAM seems like nice RAM, but not sure if it is worth the extra money.
Or if anyone could suggest another 4GB for RAM off that site that they think is better that will work with my MOBO, I would be ever so grateful.
Thanks for reading that rather long winded post.
EDIT: Oh ya, that OCZ is verified memory according to the manufacturer, but I am not sure how much I should trust that either.....
I've heard that Gb boards, in general, 'like' Mushkin RAM. Not to say others' WON"T work, just that Mushkins seem to take less fiddling with, and if you ARE willing to fiddle, might OC better. I'm planning a new workstation, and was going to buy 8Gb OCZ 1066 as it was a little cheaper, & they seem to have good support (especially at NewEgg) but, it seemed to me, I'd GLADLY pay $15 a stick to cut several hours of cursing at the BIOS while tweaking.
Most fast memory is rated @ 2.1, and with only two sticks, that'll probably be fine; with four, you may need to nudge it a little higher. As previously stated, the board will be OK with higher voltage, but if you get nuts, the RAM will be at risk. Also, to really crank the RAM OC, you'll probably want to toss a fan onto your northbridge, as it'll be doing all the work...