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DDR 3-1600 Mhz on Motherboard supporting 1600Mhz OC only?

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a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2011 7:50:43 AM

Hi, I need some help with the issue in the title.

I'm planning on buying a combo pack at newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

that feature's DDR 3 RAM at 1600Mhz but a mobo that can only do 1600 Mhz OC'ed.

Here's the board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

I would really appreciate it if someone can help me out with some information.

1. What exactly does 1600mhz OC mean in the motherboard specifications?
2. Would that RAM work (or work at full capcaity) with that board or should I look for something else?
3. Is there anything else that I should consider in this situation such as compatibility issues or the like?

Thanks
a c 107 V Motherboard
May 27, 2011 10:15:41 AM

1. It means that the RAM speed will default to 1333 and you'll have to manually select either XMP or 1600 in the BIOS to get full RAM speed.
2. Yes, it will work at full capacity.
3. The board in that combo probably won't overclock the CPU to its fullest**. As long as you're okay with that, the combo is good.

**Why won't it overclock the CPU to its fullest? The power system on that board isn't the greatest for everclocking -- it needs more phases. Plus, the board doesn't have any heat sinks on the power system to keep those chips cool. There are definitely better overclocking boards out there, but they are more expensive.

Note that the power system on that board is perfectly good for stock speed and moderate overclocks.
a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2011 1:40:02 PM

Memory is sold by the fastest guaranteed speed that it will possibly run at, not THE speed your particular system will run it by default, the motherboard actually sets the speed, which will be 1333mhz. (or something even lower depending on the hardware configuration of the specific PC you are putting the memory in) To get 1600mhz memory, or any memory faster than that, to run at its max "rated" speed, you must manually set the memory speed. (overclock it)
June 9, 2012 12:21:20 PM

Quote:
Hi, I need some help with the issue in the title.

I'm planning on buying a combo pack at newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

that feature's DDR 3 RAM at 1600Mhz but a mobo that can only do 1600 Mhz OC'ed.

Here's the board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

I would really appreciate it if someone can help me out with some information.

1. What exactly does 1600mhz OC mean in the motherboard specifications?
2. Would that RAM work (or work at full capcaity) with that board or should I look for something else?
3. Is there anything else that I should consider in this situation such as compatibility issues or the like?

Thanks

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