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Mixing two very similar RAM kits- "will it blend?"

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February 27, 2010 5:14:53 AM

I currently have two 2gb sticks of Corsair XMS2 DDR2 6400C5 ram in my computer. Timing is 5-5-5-18, 800MHz, voltage is 1.90

I want to add 2 more 2 gig sticks of ALMOST the exact same ram- It's Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800MHz, 5-5-5-18, but the voltage is 1.80 (it's just a newer version of the same RAM, I guess the voltage changed...)

Can I mix these two without any problems?

My Motherboard is an ASUS M4A77D, by the way.
a b } Memory
February 27, 2010 8:38:59 AM

Yes, however you will either have to set the voltage to 1.8 or 1.9. I think the 1.8V modules can tolerate just 0.1V more. Just make sure you have good cooling.
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February 27, 2010 2:16:56 PM

It's a crap shoot.....just tried that on my son's box ....same voltage .... same timings .... would not boot any of the mixed combinations. Other times in past, had no issue.
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February 27, 2010 10:38:06 PM

So will putting it at 1.8 just make my 1.9v RAM slightly less powerful? That seems like the safer route, I'd rather have 7._ gigs of ram than 8 gigs of RAM that are gonna burn out.
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February 27, 2010 11:53:16 PM

No, it doesn't work that way. It doesn't make your RAM "less powerful". Rather, it might not be able to run the RAM at the lower voltage. Memory capacity is constant; the voltage does not affect it. I think it's better to run everything at 1.9 to be sure that everything will work. Again, just make sure you have good cooling.
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March 1, 2010 8:27:17 PM

Any good way of seeing my memory temperatures while it's running? Nothing in my PC usually hits over 40c, so I'm not overly worried as it seems my case fan keeps things nice and cool.
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March 2, 2010 8:38:51 AM

I think some memory modules come with thermal sensors. However, it isn't true for most of them. The absolute red zone for DDR2 is somewhere around 2.2V. I wouldn't be too sure about that, though. Each manufacturer quotes differently. What I am sure about is that 1.9V is relatively safe. DDR2, by default, runs at 1.8v anyway. Although 0.1V is a "huge" change in terms of RAM voltage, it's still well within tolerable bounds.

It's very slightly risky, but you can try it with the 1.8V modules only. Then you can decide if you want to bet and put in the 1.9v modules along. Otherwise, you can try to sell it off and buy another pair of the same 1.8v modules.
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March 10, 2010 3:28:22 AM

Best answer selected by r_manic.
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