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September 20, 2010 7:10:32 PM

First question...I am looking at a motherboard on Newegg and in the detail section that lists memory standards it has (O.C.) listed next to some memory speeds. e.g. DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066

Question: Does the (O.C.) mean anything over /1333/1066 MUST be overclocked or anything over /1333/1066 CAN be overclocked? I don't want to overclock anything, does that mean I can only go as high as 1333?

Second question...I am looking at 1333 memory speeds and in Newegg there are 3 different kinds (DDR3 1333 10660, 10060, and 10666.) What the hell is the difference? Are all 3 going to be compatible with a 1333 motherboard standard?
September 20, 2010 7:59:49 PM

it means that if u overclock the motherboard u can use ur ram at that speeds if not t it will run slower...
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September 21, 2010 3:36:21 AM

tk421hifimod said:
First question...I am looking at a motherboard on Newegg and in the detail section that lists memory standards it has (O.C.) listed next to some memory speeds. e.g. DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066

Question: Does the (O.C.) mean anything over /1333/1066 MUST be overclocked or anything over /1333/1066 CAN be overclocked? I don't want to overclock anything, does that mean I can only go as high as 1333?

Yes, without overclocking you can't run current generation processors above DDR3 1333. If the motherboard and memory support XMP and a higher frequency without overclocking (for example, DDR3 1600), though, your memory can be automatically overclocked to that frequency by the motherboard.

tk421hifimod said:
Second question...I am looking at 1333 memory speeds and in Newegg there are 3 different kinds (DDR3 1333 10660, 10060, and 10666.) What the hell is the difference? Are all 3 going to be compatible with a 1333 motherboard standard?

It's all the same. 10060 is just a typo.

You can compare the performance level of a sets of memory that run at the same frequency (DDR3 1333) by their CAS latencies (lower is better). For example, DDR3 1333 CL7 is better than DDR3 1333 CL9.
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September 22, 2010 4:49:46 AM

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