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March 26, 2011 1:37:00 AM

I bought this motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3

I bought this ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Previously I bought an ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X
With the same set of RAM.

Now in my haste to order a new MB for my cousin I neglected to notice that this board, (however like mine can overclock the ram past 1600MHz), only supports 1333Mhz RAM. Now when I boot the PC I am getting no video, I can hear thngs booting up, but no video. Out of the box this ram runs at 1333MHz, what I need to know is, is this a ram issue as to why I am getting no video?

Basically can I run this motherboard with the ram I purchased? Or do I need new RAM xD?

Also on another note, this ram comes out of the box at 1333MHz you actually have to change it in the bios to 1600MHz, don't know if that changes anything.

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March 26, 2011 2:05:29 PM

sounds like it may just be DOA. but do a few things first. ( i had the same issue once) make sure everything is plugged in. sounds stupid, but sometimes you leave out a 4 or 6 pin. make sure your PSU is up to snuff as far as what you need. if you have a 450, and need a 600 or something, going to have issues. i use the following PSU calculator, its awesome.

if everything is plugged in, and you know that your vid card works for sure( test in another machine) perhaps your board is just DOA. at least the video side of it.

also, as far as i know, putting faster ram into a slower mobo just means the mobo bottle necks it. i could be wrong, but since it will OC to ddr3 2000 id imagine that it would handle 1600.
March 26, 2011 4:36:10 PM

actually figured out the problem, the guy that installed everythign did not have 1 of the ram chips down all the way. Everything is working now, thanks.