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DDR3 Memory Selection for Volts ?

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April 30, 2010 8:05:23 PM

Hello,

I have X58 Pro-E Mobo. It says on the site specs for Memory

"Supports six unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 1066/1333*/1600* (OC) DRAM, 24GB Max"

Does that mean I can not buy any DDR3 memory that has volt > 1.5 listed in spec (1.65 volt, etc.) ?

Thanks,

P.S. Any recommendations for 4GB, budget $130

The memory I have not is GSkill and it is Bad. Both Windows and MemTest show problem with it.

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May 1, 2010 3:42:24 AM

You can use RAM up to 1.65V but no higher. Have you set your RAM V and timings in BIOS? Please provide a link to your RAM.
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a b } Memory
May 1, 2010 3:46:00 AM

If (after doing what ekoostik said, checking settings) it is still showing errors, return the ram. In general GSkill makes excellent ram. However, all manufacturers have defective sticks now and then.
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May 3, 2010 2:52:53 AM

ekoostik said:
You can use RAM up to 1.65V but no higher. Have you set your RAM V and timings in BIOS? Please provide a link to your RAM.



Thanks,

You mentioned I can go up to 1.65V, where did you confirm that information? Was it on MOBO site?
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a b } Memory
May 3, 2010 3:02:38 AM

It is the official Intel Spec. Any higher can damage the CPU.
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a b } Memory
May 3, 2010 3:04:13 AM

I don't have the official Intel statement, but here is an article from back when the i7 came out (applies to i7/i5/i3):

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-i7nehalem-memory...
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a b } Memory
May 3, 2010 3:49:49 AM

1.65 V is the highest for the 1366 and 1156 sockets.
Here's the Intel Spec Sheet for the 1156 CPUs: http://download.intel.com/design/processor/datashts/322...
Table 7-6 shows that for "Processor I/O supply voltage for DDR3" the Min is 1.425V, Typ = 1.5, and Max is 1.575. However go back to Table 7-4 and you'll see the "Absolute Max" is 1.65V. (pages 68 and 67, respectively)
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May 3, 2010 11:39:27 AM

Nice article thanks. I just wanted to make sure that it was not a mobo limit.

One last question and anyone can chime in. I just bought Corsair XMS3 4 GB memory

CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Speed Rating
PC3-12800 Tested Speed
1600Mhz Size
4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) Tested Latency
9-9-9-24 Tested Voltage
1.65 Performance Profile
XMP
SPD Speed
1333Mhz SPD Latency
9-9-9-24 Package
240pin DIMM

Do I need to add a FAN for these modules? I am not a heavy gamer?

I just play Flight Simulator and X-Plane.
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a b } Memory
May 3, 2010 11:46:50 AM

No.
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a b } Memory
May 3, 2010 12:04:35 PM

Yep, DDR3 ram at those volts runs nice and cool. Almost all giant ramsinks and fans are just gimmicks.
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May 13, 2010 11:40:55 AM

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