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What if a manufacturer does not list my mobo chipset?

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December 4, 2011 7:51:25 PM

I've been looking into some DDR3 modules and they all seem to not have my P35 mobo chipest listen on the manufacturer's product page. Example.

Does that mean it won't work? And do I care if Dual Channel is listed or not? Does it matter if I buy 2x4GB modules separately or as part of an 8GB set?
a c 80 } Memory
December 4, 2011 8:20:47 PM

What mobo do you have? If you don't know, you can use CPU-z to find it. Are you sure that your mobo based on the P35 chipset supports DDR3 memory? Older motherboards usually require DDR2 memory.
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December 4, 2011 9:21:58 PM

DDR2 and DDR3 ram modules are physically different. If the motherboard requires DDR2, then DDR3 will not fit, and vice versa.
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December 4, 2011 9:46:42 PM

Can you share the model name of your motherboard with us?
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December 4, 2011 10:13:51 PM

It's a GIGABYE GA-P35C-DS3R. It's the combo type, so it has 2 DDR3 slots in addition to 4 DDR2 slots. I have already installed 8GBs of 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM on the mobo, and it detected both 4GB sticks and so did Windows, but those were my brother's sticks, I used them to test how more RAM affects BF3 performance.
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December 4, 2011 11:22:28 PM

They don't list it because most people who bought that motherboard installed DDR2 memory.
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December 6, 2011 6:27:46 PM

But does it mean anything else, like a chance that the memory will not work on the chipset?
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December 6, 2011 7:03:25 PM

You wrote "I have already installed 8GBs of 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM on the mobo, and it detected both 4GB sticks and so did Windows, but those were my brother's sticks, I used them to test how more RAM affects BF3 performance." Since you already tested 8 GB of DDR3 memory and it worked, why are you worried? Just buy a set of modules that are compatible (or that you know will work) and be done with it. Bear in mind that you can't install both DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules at the same time - doing so would damage the motherboard (and probably the DDR3 memory).
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December 6, 2011 7:54:23 PM

Well I was worried that my brother's sticks were an exception, that's all. Thanks for the help.
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December 16, 2011 12:49:37 PM

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