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New RAM and Motherboard - A little worried

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December 29, 2010 12:19:53 AM

Hi guys, I hope someone out there can help me!

I bought a new motherboard today - a Gigabyte P55A-UD4 and 4Gb of Corsair XMS3 1600 (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)

It's due to be delivered tomorrow but I'm a bit worried now as I've noticed in the motherboard manual that the memory slots are 1.5v - the RAM I have bought is 1.6-1.65v.

Is this going to be a problem? I went for this RAM and the motherboard combination as it was recommended by Custom PC magazine, however I'm beginning to have my doubts now as to whether it was the right decision :( 

Any help would really be appreciated



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a b } Memory
December 29, 2010 6:22:05 AM

You need to get in the BIOS and set manually the RAM voltage to the one specified.
December 29, 2010 10:52:28 AM

Will it not damage my motherboard if it set it to 1.6v since the manual says it only supports 1.5? Am I right I thinking it will all work but just not at its full speed?

Also, I just noticed that Gigabyte's website says the board supports 1600MHz memory, yet the manual mentions every speed except for 1600! But the manual does stipulate that the slots are 1.5v. Will I damage this mo'bo by asking it to pump more volts through the slots?
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a b } Memory
December 29, 2010 11:02:32 AM

No, you can set the voltage how you want. Your RAM will work at 1333 unless you overclock.
December 29, 2010 11:10:38 AM

Oh brilliant - thank you so much for that, I was getting really worried that I'd just wasted a fistful of cash!

One last thing, will there be a noticeable difference in performance if running the RAM at 1333 instead of 1600? I only really use the PC for playing a few games - nothing intensive - WoW mainly - and a few others.
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a b } Memory
December 29, 2010 4:45:29 PM

No difference, only some 1% and in benchmarks.