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May 21, 2012 12:37:08 AM

My question is this: If I have a Z75 motherboard with a i7 3770 -which has 2 sticks of 4GB each @1333 MHz RAM , can I simply swap out the two 1333 MHz sticks for two 1600 MHz 4GB sticks (since the default speed for the Z75 mobo is 1600) or do I have to do something else to get them to run at 1600 MHz?

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May 21, 2012 1:31:32 AM

hapkiman said:
My question is this: If I have a Z75 motherboard with a i7 3770 -which has 2 sticks of 4GB each @1333 MHz RAM , can I simply swap out the two 1333 MHz sticks for two 1600 MHz 4GB sticks (since the default speed for the Z75 mobo is 1600) or do I have to do something else to get them to run at 1600 MHz?





Sorry just realized this was a OC's memory forum. I'll re-post in the right place.
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May 23, 2012 8:27:14 AM

You can use the 1600mhz memory with no problems, You could even use both sets, but it will downclock to 1333mhz, They is no difference between 1333 and 1600. 1333mhz at a lower CL will perform better than a set of 1600mhz at a high CL timings.
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May 23, 2012 12:38:43 PM

Ok thanks. Any advice on some good 1600MHz sticks then - that would be an improvement, even if only a slight one? I don't completely understand about the RAM timings? I see that New egg has several different timings on different 1600 MHz sticks, as well as different voltages. Not sure what to get.

Here's what the 1333 MHz sticks are now:

Samsung 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-10600-09-10-B0

M378B5273CH-CH9 1104

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June 3, 2012 1:19:04 AM

I bought two 4GB sticks of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 @ 1600MHz. My system recognized it immediately at 1600 MHz and it works great.

And I can't believe it was only $40. Thanks!
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June 3, 2012 1:19:15 AM

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June 4, 2012 1:23:59 AM

hapkiman said:
I bought two 4GB sticks of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 @ 1600MHz. My system recognized it immediately at 1600 MHz and it works great.

And I can't believe it was only $40. Thanks!


Your welcome, Sorry I wasn't receiving any emails on this topic, so I didn't reply. Crucial Ballistix is a vary good brand. I have never ran into problems with Crucial. I have run into a lot of problems with that Munchkins and Corsair, But they were easily RMA'd and never had a problem since with my current Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
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