Can you put in memory with a higher speed than the standard for the motherboard

is it possible to put in a higher speed memory stick than is the standard for the motherboard?

i.e. a set of memory with 1600 in a mobo with a 1333 standard
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  1. It should clock down, but might give you better head room to overclock...
  2. clearly i dont know much about building a pc so, if i put in the higher speed memory it will automaticly clock down?
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