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Downclocking 800mhz ram to 667 with a Q9650

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July 21, 2011 6:17:34 PM

Good day fine folks, I have a downclocking question for you all.

I have a Q9650 on a ddr2 matx board and want to upgrade to 8gb o ram and maintain a 1:1 ratio.

I've thought about this, but the price is insane:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so now I'm thinking about this and downclocking (the price is still insane in comparison to ddr3):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've heard that downclocking ram leads to instability and is not good practice. My mobo doesn't OC very well, I think I can push the fsb to like 370ish (asrock g41m-gs btw)...I'd like to maybe meet somewhere in the middle and DC the ram and OC the cpu to run at 3.3ghz...

I just want to know if this is a sound idea...

thanks guys

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July 21, 2011 6:43:21 PM

ok, after doing some more reading it seems that running ram below its rated speeds it totally fine...the idea of downlocking ram being "bad" never made sense to me.

I think I'm just gonna go with the 800mhz and downclock. Though at this point any input would still be appreciated.

:D 
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July 22, 2011 1:12:50 AM

getting a new system would be better for the power bills and your wallet cos with that price i can pick up Dominator GT's that were as old as those DDR2 modules :)  :lol: 

that aside, there's no need to be worried.

get two sets of these kits

does your manual state that it can accept 2x4GB dimms, and one more thing, are the dimms you as well as the ones i chose compatible with the mem QVL?

your better off saving that cash , selling all you have now and getting a sandy bridge system.
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July 22, 2011 2:45:37 AM

my mobo only has 2 ram slots and accepts 8 gigs, from that I've deduced that it allows 4gb sticks ;) 

I just built this system like 9 months ago...for various reasons I went with a q9650 rig instead of a lower end i7. a lot of people will disagree with my decision, but I'm satisfied with it...

although, this looks quite nice to me:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as far as power consumption goes, the Q9650 has similar power consumption to most sandy bridge chips, the watt/performance is very close, also the same tdp...ddr2 dimms only consume like .3 volts more than ddr3...

I've got 2 cavier blacks, a q9650, radeon 6870, sound card and recording interface on a 500w psu... that whole system is well within the psu's limits.

these (which i want) are not on the vql:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but these are:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so I'm sure the ones i want will work fine.

even though I'm going through with my plan I still appreciate your advice!

thanks :pt1cable: 

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July 22, 2011 3:49:36 PM

If the G.skill checks out in mem QVL - jump on it now, haven't heard anything but good news with those dimms. G.skill are considered second best to Corsair...so go figure bro.

Look in my member config and you'll find a familiar face :)  but my system is more than a year old...

Price wise, its your money, go ahead - its a *litol* better than getting a sandy bridge :D  :lol: 

my 2 cents.
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July 25, 2011 1:41:06 PM

Lutfij said:
If the G.skill checks out in mem QVL - jump on it now, haven't heard anything but good news with those dimms. G.skill are considered second best to Corsair...so go figure bro.

Look in my member config and you'll find a familiar face :)  but my system is more than a year old...

Price wise, its your money, go ahead - its a *litol* better than getting a sandy bridge :D  :lol: 

my 2 cents.


sweet, thanks man.
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July 25, 2011 1:41:19 PM

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July 25, 2011 1:46:57 PM

Thank you for the vote :) 
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July 25, 2011 4:58:05 PM

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