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1066 vs 1600

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March 6, 2011 11:50:42 PM

I was considering buying the Corsair Dominator 6GB(3x2GB) RAM which can run up to 1600. However, running on an i7 970 processor, the memory by default runs at 1066 without overclocking. Should I consider buying ram that is only 1066 rather than 1600?

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a c 128 } Memory
March 7, 2011 1:28:05 AM

No. Some boards default to 1066, but 1600 is easily doable by simply changing one bios setting, overclocking the cpu, or both. Not much difference in price either. All my 1333 ddr3 runs at 1600 if you find some cheaper. I currently have 3 different brands.
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March 7, 2011 1:31:02 AM

o1die said:
No. Some boards default to 1066, but 1600 is easily doable by simply changing one bios setting, overclocking the cpu, or both. Not much difference in price either. All my 1333 ddr3 runs at 1600 if you find some cheaper. I currently have 3 different brands.


Thanks o1die, What BIOS setting could i change that wouldn't require an aftermarket cooler yet still be able to run the memory at 1600? From 2:8 to 2:12?
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March 7, 2011 4:17:55 AM

Enable XMP or the extreme memory profile. Somewhere in your BIOS. It will automatically run your memory at the memory's rated speed and timings.
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