Can I use this memory on this motherboard?

This is my memory kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220367&cm_re=patriot_6gb_ddr3-_-20-220-367-_-Product I was wondering if I could use this RAM on the MSI Big Bang X-Power motherboard without having to overclock it. Is it reverse-compatible? If I stick this RAM into the MSI motherboard, will it default down to 1066 MHz DDR3, but still work? 1066 is the fastest RAM the motherboard supports without overclocking it.

I really want this motherboard, and I don't want to have to buy different memory to be able to use it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130289&cm_re=msi_big_bang_x_power-_-13-130-289-_-Product
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  1. I would go for this kit instead, slightly higher timings, although $10 cheaper and requires less volts.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

    There's virtually no difference between 1066 MHz and 1600 MHz, I'm not sure if it works on that board, but on my X58 board you can set the memory to 1600 MHz or even higher without overclocking by setting the memory multiplier.
  2. Lmeow said:
    I would go for this kit instead, slightly higher timings, although $10 cheaper and requires less volts.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

    There's virtually no difference between 1066 MHz and 1600 MHz, I'm not sure if it works on that board, but on my X58 board you can set the memory to 1600 MHz or even higher without overclocking by setting the memory multiplier.


    Can I use my 6GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM on this motherboard? Do I have to buy 1066 MHz DDR3 if I want my memory to work on this board? if I stick my current memory into that MSI board, will it be completely incompatible?

    The highest memory support (without requiring an overclock) on that motherboard is 1066 MHz DDR3. I have 1333 MHz DDR3, does that mean it's utterly impossible to use my current memory in that motherboard without changing the speeds and timings in the BIOS?

    Will it just default back to 1066 MHz?
  3. It will default. Most RAM kits default... I wouldn't be too concerned.
  4. Lmeow said:
    It will default. Most RAM kits default... I wouldn't be too concerned.


    So I should be able to stick my PATRIOT DDR3 1333 MHz triple-channel RAM modules into that MSI X58 motherboard linked in the OP and it will automatically default down to 1066 MHz and work fine? I need to be absolutely sure of this before I buy this motherboard.

    Doesn't the memory controller on the Core i7 max out at 1033 MHz or something?
  5. you can use the memory, but you might not get the highest frequency possible.
  6. jawn said:
    you can use the memory, but you might not get the highest frequency possible.


    Most of the performance gain I'll get from the RAM in my new computer will be from it being a triple-channel kit, the PC I'm using to make this post only has a dual-channel.

    There is extremely little overall system performance increase in having really fast RAM. Fast memory is used mostly for obtaining and stabilizing high CPU overclocks.
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    Corsair Carbide 200R Case

    i am going for this build which i found online for my video & photo editing, now the problem is i have two new hp 8gb ddr3 ecc rams with me, do they support this motherboard ?

    this is the link to the product, please help me, im really confused.
    http://h30094.www3.hp.com/product/sku/10734082/mfg_partno/E2Q93AA.
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