Solved RAM question Tags: Memory Intel i5 Product Last response: August 16, 2011 1:38 PM in Memory Share todaytomorrow August 13, 2011 5:19:41 AM Hello, I'm looking to pair dual-channel RAMs on my i5-200k and ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3. I was looking at the Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600hz or the G.Skill Sniper 8gb 1600hz 1.25v. A friend told me the i5 is only compatible with "DDR3 - 1066/1333" ? (I looked at the intel site and it said the same thing). Is this true? What are the consequences of putting RAM with higher Hz? If I'm stuck with 1333hz, then I'll be going for the Corsair XMS ones. Are there others I should be looking at? More about : ram question todaytomorrow August 13, 2011 9:46:23 AM Ok, I answered my own question Searched around a bit. I'll go with a G.Skill Sniper 8gb dual-channel 1600Hz 1.25v, and just OC the CPU. Edit: The mobo doesn't support this... damn. I'll be getting a G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL, 1333hz 8gb 1.5v Best solution geekapproved a b } Memory August 13, 2011 2:18:50 PM You don't NEED to overclock the cpu on a Intel system to run your ram at 1600mhz. You simply set in bios your ram speed, voltage and timings manually. It will likely default to 1333, but 1600mhz ram is the performance sweet spot for s1155 cpu's. So you want the 1600's. Just make sure your dimms are 1.5v or less. Related resources Question about the ASUS P5WD2 premium motherboard and a RAM upgrade: - Forum RAM Voltage Question about CPU - Forum Question about ram - Forum RAM Question - Forum RAM compatibility question - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer xpanda August 13, 2011 3:59:38 PM geekapproved said: Just make sure your dimms are 1.5v or less. You deserve a gold medal. Please i don't care if you are overclocking or not. Get 1.5v ram. Save the headache. Anymore than 1.575 is too much stress on the CPU. These two are great choices, Mushkin 1600 1.5v 8GB Kit Kingston 1333 1.5v 8GB Kit I would pick; CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB Kit 1.5v Btw i strongly think 1333 does not make a big difference between 1600. But the corsair vengeance is the best because of the low voltage and high speed. todaytomorrow August 14, 2011 3:28:28 AM Best answer selected by TodayTomorrow. todaytomorrow August 14, 2011 3:34:59 AM Ah.. ok, thanks guys. I've had a look at my motherboard, ASRock z68 extreme7 gen3. The ones xPanda listed aren't compatible on the list given at the site The one listed at the ASRock site that I've decided on is G.skill F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL Unless I can use those (the ones xPanda listed)? So... just to clarify, I can just use a 1600hz ram, and manually adjust TO 1600hz? xpanda August 14, 2011 4:52:06 AM todaytomorrow said: So... just to clarify, I can just use a 1600hz ram, and manually adjust TO 1600hz? Yes if you are not overclocking your CPU much. No if you are overclocking your CPU a lot, the RAM might go unstable. Honestly i wouldnt buy G-skill though, there cheap for a reason. Go for a reliable brand. KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX But that, IMO is better, but you can get away with cosair, crucial, mushkin ect. BTW the ASRock Company can't test EVERY DIMM on the market but if you want to play it safe, go crazy. Edit: For Gskill i would get this, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... todaytomorrow August 14, 2011 8:54:30 AM Ah.. ok, thank you G.SKill is cheaper, but I've been told by comp builders that they've got problems. I'll go with your suggestion of that Kingston RAM. Thank you geekapproved a b } Memory August 14, 2011 1:59:58 PM No matter if your overclocking or not, manually set it to 1600mhz. I really don't pay attention to memory QVL's anymore. If the memory is the right speed and voltage it will work 99% of the time. todaytomorrow August 15, 2011 11:59:57 AM Ok, cheers horatiuf4 August 15, 2011 3:14:53 PM If I were you I'd spare the headache and let it at 1333 mhz... On my GAMING pc the motherboard supports maximum 1333 and although I have kingston ram which are capable of 1600, I left them at 1333 and it works like a charm. Best of luck. todaytomorrow August 16, 2011 1:38:37 PM Ah, ok. cheers Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumQuestion about RAM /Memory ForumQuestion about DRAM Led and RAM ForumQuad channel RAM kit question ForumRAM question ForumQuestion about RAM . New to this... ForumQuestion about RAM timing 9-9-9-24 & 9-9-9-24-2N ForumRAM Question ForumA Question About Ram ForumP7P55D-E Pro + 8gb Ram question .. ForumSlot numbers and RAM relationship question ForumQuestion about RAM and the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ForumRam Question about ECS P4M800PRO-M (V2.0) ForumQuestion about Laptop's RAM (again) ForumQuestion about RAM . ForumWhich is better memory More resources Read discussions in other Memory categories Compatibility DDR2 DDR3 Dual Channel RAM Corsair G.SKILL !