Welcome to the forums, Newcomer. The QVL is made up of specific parts that have undergone serious testing and have proven to work; that much you know. The only downfall to not using hardware from the QVL is, in the event of questionable mobo failure, the tech support will not likely issue an RMA until this possibility is ruled out. That being said, generally, as long as the mobo supports the type of RAM (DDR3, DDR2, etc), you should be able to use it.
Nobody can guarantee anything will work; not even from the QVL. Meaning, even if you bought RAM from the QVL, it is possible that the RAM could be deffective on arrival. You really have three options here:
1. Install your current RAM and see if it works;
2. Return your RAM and purchase RAM found on the QVL;
3. Search online for others who have the same mobo as you, and use the same RAM as them. This may overlap with option 1 or 2.
ok, I've got it all put together and am typing from my new rig.(yay!) All seems well. I dont know what frequency the ram is operating at. I guess I could check in the bios. Right? I want to make sure that things are running optimally. I believe both vid cards are active too (i see the fans running
But what is the best way to see if things are running at their "inteded" levels? I know I've got an overclocking setup, but don't plan on doing any O.C. 'ing, ...yet. (im teaching myself and still have a lot of reading to do)But if the freq. or the timming of the ram need to be adjusted i should have free reign to do so on this rig. Would it be smart to change the ram settings to fit the QVL list?
Antec Air boy
ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme
GSkill turbulence 2_ 8GB(2x4GB) 2000Mhz ddr3 CL9 9-9-9-27
WD 600GB 10000rpm 6.0Gb/s
Dual XFX 6970 2GB X-fire
Antec 1200w psu
Corsair H50 cpu cooler
Do you mean they might get along with what i have or what you were sugjesting?
I'm suggesting that if you want to play with the memory settings in BIOS, you'll probably be able to get them to run DDR3-1600 CAS 7. Your CPU's memory controller probably won't run much faster than that, but you can optimize timings.