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PC8500 RAM in Pentium D950 work?????

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May 8, 2009 8:30:20 PM

I recently recieved som FREE RAM from a buddy of mine. He bought too much and didnt feel like returing it and gave to me :D  .

Anyhow, this is the RAM:

OCZ Reaper Dual Channel 4GB PC8500 DDR2 Memory - 1066MHz 4096MB (2 x 2048MB)

Im currently using Intel Pentium D 950(3.4ghz), Intel D945Gnt MB(800mhz FSB) and 4GB of PC5300RAM(667mhz). Im planning to upgrade MB and CPU in the next few months. But for now I want to put this new PC8500RAM in my current computer, I guess it will run at 800mhz and not 1066? Will this work? Will it give me a nice performance boost? I suppose I will have to change some BIOS settings, if so exactly which?

Any and all help/comments is greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance.
May 8, 2009 9:52:14 PM

If the CPU is indeed supported by the motherboard, and the motherboard supports DDR2-1066, then yes, you can put those RAMs into your rig.
May 8, 2009 10:29:41 PM


I'll be honest with you its hard to get 1066 ram to run at that speed. 1066 ram is 800 ram that has been tested to run within the specified voltage range at the specified timings. The user must set the timings and voltages to run 1066. What you can do is start at 1066 and keep notching down until you are stable (or 800 and work your way up, either way). It may also require trying different timings as well.
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May 8, 2009 11:45:40 PM

Check it with CPU-Z. Max Bandwidth 6400.