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GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 with 1600 mhz memory

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May 3, 2010 1:07:03 AM

I thank you all for your patience in advance. I'm sure this topic has been covered thoroughly already but despite my best efforts I have not been able to find an answer that I understand. My question is as follows:

I am working on a budget/gaming/somewhat future proof build.

I have decided to purchase:
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4

I know the board will support ddr3 memory @ 1600 mhz, but I have also read that adjustments need to be made to make it run at this speed because for some reason the board defaults to a lower speed? What is the process for achieving 1600 mhz?

These are the memory modules I am considering:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145249

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231277

My second question is how much memory can I pack onto this motherboard and still maintain 1600mhz speed? I know there are limitations set by the on-board memory controller. Is 4Gb the max? I am not interested in overclocking my hardware, only getting it to run at factory specs.

Thank you in advance for your help. It has been a long time since I have built a system and I am obviously out of touch.
May 3, 2010 2:41:00 AM

Neither links are coming up. But anyway if it's a ddr3 1600 set then you'll be fine. Goto the bios and manually change the dram clock to 8.00x. Done deal.
(Btw if you were apprehensive about this part it's easier then spreading cheese on your cracker).

As for how many running at 1600, I don't know. Below is some of the info from newegg. But it states if you wanted 1833 mhz speed you must install them in slots 3-4. I can only assume that means you can run 4 sticks on all the slots 1-2-3-4.


DDR3 1866(OC)*/1333/1066
* To reach DDR3 1866MHz or above, you must install two memory modules and install them in the DDR3_3 and DDR3_4 memory sockets.
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