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Stupid question about DDR3-1333 compatibility

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a b V Motherboard
August 5, 2009 9:02:13 PM

OK, so I have a homebuilt machine with an Intel DP45SG motherboard and 4GB of Patriot DDR3-1333 RAM. Recently, the motherboard burned out, and after a long fight with Intel over whose fault it was (you can guess how that turned out), suffice to say I am in the market for a different motherboard.

My question is: Will my existing DDR3-1333 RAM work in a motherboard that's only listed as supporting DDR3-1800/1600 (such as this one)? Or is my RAM going to have to be 1600 or higher?

I've heard that if your RAM is a higher clock speed than the board supports, the RAM will still work, just be slowed down by the board. I don't know if it works the other way around or not. Anyone who can enlighten me is much appreciated.
August 5, 2009 9:08:36 PM

What board are you considering?

Generally most motherboards will default the memory to DDR3 1066mhz. Boards that say 1800mhz/1600mhz support are referring to overclocked memory speeds.
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a b V Motherboard
August 5, 2009 9:18:47 PM

I was looking at the ASUS P5Q3 (specs here). Figured that if I have to get a new board, I might as well go for a slight upgrade while I'm at it. I just don't want to do that only to find that my existing RAM won't work at all.

Alternatively, I guess I could just choose another board that does list support for DDR3-1333, but thought at least having the capability for the higher speed might come in handy if/when I add more RAM.

That also begs the question: At some point in the future (assuming I can get the board issue to work out), if I was using my existing two sticks of DDR3-1333 and added two sticks of DDR3-1600, is that going to cause problems as well? Or am I better off just going with ALL 1333 memory or ALL 1600 memory?
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a b V Motherboard
August 5, 2009 9:27:07 PM

the ram will work at 1333 and it will work
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a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2009 6:40:28 AM

Usually, you would want matched memory. As for compatibility? Usually, boards list the maximum speed supported. I've never seen a board that supported DDR3-1600 but not DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1066 for example. You should be fine with the P5Q3.
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a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2009 7:11:55 AM

The mobo is good. Get a memory with same speed.
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a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 1:05:18 AM

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