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Faster memory than supported by CPU?

Last response: in Memory
May 4, 2010 6:27:37 PM

Sorry if this is asked already. I already searched Google and read the Tom's hardware memory faq. Regarding my question, the memory FAQ only talks about older memory like DDR2 and PC100/133.

I'm running an Athlon x2 250 3.0Ghz on a Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT. According to AMD's site, the CPU supports up to DDR3-1066 "X2 - Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066MHz) -AND- PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066MHz".
My motherboard supports up to DDR3 1800.

I don't wanna do any OC'ng, but in the future I might wanna upgrade this CPU with a faster one. At the moment I need new memory (current is dead).
To be a little future/upgrade proof, I'm planning to buy memory which is faster than DDR3-1066, like DDR3-1333 or maybe even DDR3-1666.

Is it possible to run the Athlon on the Gigabyte board with DDR3-1333 or DDR-1666 without the need the crank up the voltages or OC'n things?

note: I don't expect or need the DDR3-1333/1666 to be working at those speeds. I just wanna know if it works with this CPU on this board running at 1066.

May 4, 2010 9:19:31 PM

Yes you can run the faster memory without any problems... The mb can regulate the difference or you can OC a little.