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M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 DDR3-1600 compatibility

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October 24, 2010 6:47:30 AM

Hello experts,

I was just wondering if this board would support this ram

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH

without overclocking? or i have to overclock it to 1600mhz?

Thanks in advance.
October 24, 2010 6:23:47 PM

The ASUS website usually has a Qualified Vendor List ("QVL")
for each of their motherboards. On this page, click on
"Memory Support List":

http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=eCWbkolMf0DOW0IV


Yes, the F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH(XMP) is in the QVL for that motherboard.


This Corsair DDR3 would be a better choice, imho, if you can find it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://corsair.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php?vcod...|utmccn=%28referral%29|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=&forum&281828-30-asus-crosshair-formula&__utmv=-&__utmk=37401376

MRFS
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October 24, 2010 6:40:20 PM

Are you certain you want the MOBO, on-board GPU and fast RAM are a contradiction.

Certified RAM - http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=eCWbkolMf0DOW0IV
Tested RAM Corsair - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.asp...

For that MOBO I would recommend the 1333 MHz - CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit TW3X4G1333C9DHX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good Luck!
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October 27, 2010 12:00:34 PM

Hi guys sorry for the late reply, I've been busy with work for the past few days. Anyway, thanks for your replies. I appreciate it.
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Are you certain you want the MOBO, on-board GPU and fast RAM are a contradiction.

I'm not yet sure if I'm going to get that MOBO, but it's one of my options. The other one is the M4A89TD Pro/USB3 890FX board. I just thought of the integrated GPU as a backup just in case the discrete GPU is DOA.
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The ASUS website usually has a Qualified Vendor List ("QVL" )
for each of their motherboards. On this page, click on
"Memory Support List":

I've already looked into that QVL list and saw the ram kit in there.

My question is, will it work on the board without overclocking? or I need to overclock first before it runs on 1600mhz?

According to the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 specs its capable of running on 2000mhz in OC.
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October 27, 2010 3:34:37 PM

khayadrin said:
I'm not yet sure if I'm going to get that MOBO, but it's one of my options. The other one is the M4A89TD Pro/USB3 890FX board. I just thought of the integrated GPU as a backup just in case the discrete GPU is DOA.

It's like a vestigial appendage, and if gaming is "not" on your list then keep your choice and don't add a GPU. Otherwise the on-board GPU will suck-up resources and at least 0.5GB+ of shared RAM. However, "if" gaming is part of you "needs" then I would choose the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3. Edit: Many MOBOs do allow you to disable the GPU in the BIOS, but I am not certain how that will impact a "real" CF.
khayadrin said:
My question is, will it work on the board without overclocking? or I need to overclock first before it runs on 1600mhz? According to the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 specs its capable of running on 2000mhz in OC.

Technically, anything over 1066 MHz is "overclocking" so yes 2000 MHz RAM is OC. However, the RATED speed of the RAM needs to be the "primary" concern. Also, RAM above 1600 MHz is tricky to use, and I would not recommend using RAM faster than 1600 MHz w/o significant CPU OC; the disparity in speed can render the system unstable in many instances. In addition, there are (2) lists of approved RAM - one for 6-core and the other for the lesser core CPUs.

In addition, a few {ATI/HD} companies offer Lifetime Warranties on some of their GPUs: XFX, & VisionTek; nVida GPUs warranties are generally better. However, you have a CF {CrossFire only MOBO}, but you could run a single nVidia GPU.

Selections based upon non 6-core:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMP4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 30, 2010 11:00:13 AM

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It's like a vestigial appendage, and if gaming is "not" on your list then keep your choice and don't add a GPU. Otherwise the on-board GPU will suck-up resources and at least 0.5GB+ of shared RAM. However, "if" gaming is part of you "needs" then I would choose the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3. Edit: Many MOBOs do allow you to disable the GPU in the BIOS, but I am not certain how that will impact a "real" CF.

Hmmm.. thanks for the advice. Greatly appreciate it. I'm actually leaning towards the M4A89TD Pro/USB3, I just got curious when I compared the two MOBO's ram specs so I asked you guys about it.
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Technically, anything over 1066 MHz is "overclocking" so yes 2000 MHz RAM is OC. However, the RATED speed of the RAM needs to be the "primary" concern. Also, RAM above 1600 MHz is tricky to use, and I would not recommend using RAM faster than 1600 MHz w/o significant CPU OC; the disparity in speed can render the system unstable in many instances. In addition, there are (2) lists of approved RAM - one for 6-core and the other for the lesser core CPUs.

Thank you for the info, but I'm not yet sure if this answers my question. The M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 says it can run memory standard of DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 (1600mhz is not specified here so I'm not sure if it will run w/o OC'ing) and the M4A89TD Pro/USB3 says it can run memory standard of DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 (1600mhz is specified here so I'm assuming it will run w/o OC'ing)

Am I correct with my theories here? Please feel free to correct me. Thanks in advance and sorry if it seems like I'm asking the same question over and over again. :D 
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October 30, 2010 2:43:35 PM

1600 MHz RAM will run on either MOBO; those numbers are referring to MOBO native speed supported RAM. As I mentioned before the RAM base speed is 1066 MHz so you will need to adjust the Memory Multiplier for the "Rated" speed.

Regarding the choice of ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 x16/x16 - this is a better option particularly in CF {CrossFire} scaling the other MOBO scales to x8/x8. Either is a good choice.
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October 31, 2010 8:58:15 AM

Best answer selected by khayadrin.
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October 31, 2010 9:01:10 AM

Thank you for being patient with me and for answering my questions. Greatly appreciate it guys. I think I'll go with the M4A89TD Pro/USB3.
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April 10, 2011 11:06:10 PM

Thanks to everyone for their insight i had this same question and this thread helped me a lot!
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