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Wanted to verify that corsair xms3 1600 works with ASUS board

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February 15, 2011 1:01:29 AM

I am going to build a computer for the first time and i was doing some research to make sure the parts are all compatible, one thing i came across was someone claimed that Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz will not work with this ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 board.

i just wanted to verify if this is true or not since the board supports DDR3 1600(O.C)/1333 i dont see why someone would claim this ram would not work with this board. I did some searching and couldnt find anything that supports the persons claim.

corsair xms3 1600mhz

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 15, 2011 1:08:05 AM

It will work fine. There are way too many people on the net saying things they know nothing about.
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February 15, 2011 1:39:25 AM

It's not that the memory won't work, I'm guessing this "someone" was thinking of 1 of 2 things:

1. The XMP Profile feature won't work. XMP is an Intel technology.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/613/1/

http://blog.corsair.com/?p=1977

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Intel XMP is a performance-packed expansion of the standard DDR3 memory specification, enabling a robust, overclocking solution designed to take advantage of the mega-gaming features built into Intel® technology-based PCs. If you like to overclock and squeeze every possible ounce of performance from your PC, then memory based on Intel XMP is the solution you need to destroy your enemies and save the universe without breaking a sweat.

Designed for ultimate flexibility, Intel XMP-based platforms offer major advantages for pro gamers, novices, and everyone in between. With predefined and certified memory optimizations built into Intel XMP, overclocking on Intel technology-based PCs is easy right out of the box. Expert users still have the option of manually changing specific parameters for personalized fine-tuning.
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See also

http://www.intel.com/Consumer/Game/extreme-memory.htm

2. The memory is not on the QVL (Qualified Vendor List)

If ya download the manual

http://support.asus.com/download/Download.aspx?SLanguag...

You'll see that CM3X1G1333C9D(XMP) is on the QVL (page 2-12). However there is no Corsair DDR3-1600 of any kind on the QVL

That doesn't mean that the memory won't work, it just means that the memory has not been tested on that MoBo and is not "Guaranteed" to work.
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February 15, 2011 1:50:27 AM

^+1 exactly!
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February 15, 2011 7:33:32 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
It's not that the memory won't work, I'm guessing this "someone" was thinking of 1 of 2 things:

1. The XMP Profile feature won't work. XMP is an Intel technology.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/613/1/

http://blog.corsair.com/?p=1977

Quote:
Intel XMP is a performance-packed expansion of the standard DDR3 memory specification, enabling a robust, overclocking solution designed to take advantage of the mega-gaming features built into Intel® technology-based PCs. If you like to overclock and squeeze every possible ounce of performance from your PC, then memory based on Intel XMP is the solution you need to destroy your enemies and save the universe without breaking a sweat.

Designed for ultimate flexibility, Intel XMP-based platforms offer major advantages for pro gamers, novices, and everyone in between. With predefined and certified memory optimizations built into Intel XMP, overclocking on Intel technology-based PCs is easy right out of the box. Expert users still have the option of manually changing specific parameters for personalized fine-tuning.
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See also

http://www.intel.com/Consumer/Game/extreme-memory.htm

2. The memory is not on the QVL (Qualified Vendor List)

If ya download the manual

http://support.asus.com/download/Download.aspx?SLanguag...

You'll see that CM3X1G1333C9D(XMP) is on the QVL (page 2-12). However there is no Corsair DDR3-1600 of any kind on the QVL

That doesn't mean that the memory won't work, it just means that the memory has not been tested on that MoBo and is not "Guaranteed" to work.


its XMS3 not XMP... new egg says "GB (1x4GB) for Dual Channel DDR3 for AMD and Intel Core i3/i5 and i7 processors XMS Heat Spreader" it works with AMD also verified on 3 other sits. As for the motherboard manual theres 6 corsair memory modules. The thing i really hate about the manual is it only tested 1gb, 2gb, 2x2gb, 2x2x2gb, 2x2x2x2gb, which in my opinion is dumb because the motherboard supports 4gb in each slot up to 16gb.

i think i may just see if it works or not since it's really low priced ram or go with the GS ripjaws which are a little more expensive
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February 15, 2011 12:23:59 PM

One thing about the QVL...If the memory is listed on the QVL, then pay attention to the exceptions! I had an Asus MB that listed some corsair 512K modules. I could only get a single pair to work. Two pair of the same memory would fail to boot. I looked later & the QVL listed that memory as working in only two slots, not all 4.
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February 15, 2011 3:55:45 PM

Read the information JackNaylor posted. He' knows what he's talking about. XMS is our term for Extreme Memory Speed. XMP Intel's term for Extreme Memory Profiles. What he was pointing out is that while the memory may in fact work on your board, the XMP profile will not as it is designed to be a memory preset for Intel CPUs, not AMD.

As for this memory on that board. It will work well. However, depending upon your CPU, you may or may not be able to get it to run at 1600. If your CPU/IMC is not up to the task, you may need to run it at 1333, which is common.
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