Aside from the obvious specs provides on getting the correct RAM for a mobo provided by the mobo manufacturer, are there any additional specs on RAM that should be considered when using it with an Intel i3 i5 i7 processor. I sometime see advertisements for RAM that say "Optimized for Intel i3 i5 i5" - What other requirements do these particular cpus have that I am missing- is there a specific voltage/latency/timing that is needed?
If you could let me know that would be great as I want to make sure I am buying the right RAM the first time around.
I am building a HTPC off of the i3 cpu - haven't got it yet but am trying to avoid any pitfalls.
The main thing to keep in mind when picking RAM for a current Intel system is that the maximum RAM voltage supported by the chips is 1.65v. You will want to pick RAM that runs at or under 1.65v. I highly recommend this kit:
Great minds think alike - thanks for clarifying - now i just need to find a killer deal on a i3 cpu/mobo combo (Waiting for the Fry's ad this week - back in May they had a combo for about $100) - I do see they have an i5 cpu/mobo combo this week for $179 but that woulfd be way overkill for an HTPC and I am already spending more than I originally planned.