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DDR3-1866 on a Asus P8z68-V POR/GEN 3

Hey,

So I'm looking to upgrade the RAM on my mobo and a friend of mine has a 8GB (2x4) DDR3-1866 @ 1.5v kit of Ballistix by Crucial. I know the P8Z68-v pro/gen 3 and the i5 2500 that's seated on it prefer 1600 ram, and 1866 should only be used if overclocking (if I'm not mistaken). Anyway, I don't plan on OC'ing so would 1866 be safe to use on my mobo?

Any help is appreciated,
Thanks!
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    Welcome to Tom's Forum! :)

    You 'can' run DDR3-1866 on a non-(K) SB or IB, when allowed by the chipset (P67, Z68, Z77) and assuming DDR3-1866 9-9-9-27-2N @ 1.50v it should be fine. However, don't expect much if any noticeable performance gains for most processes. Synthetics is about the only real gains.

    None of the non-(K) SB/IB CPUs 'can' OC except the iGPU.

    Nice article - http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-best-memory-for-sandy-bridge/1
  2. Yes, you'd set the RAM timing in the BIOS to X.M.P. to get what the RAM specs are.

    But, you don't need anything more than DDR3-1600, so don't waste the extra money on 1866.

    Corsair Vengance DDR3-1600 8GB kit (2x4GB).
  3. foscooter said:
    Yes, you'd set the RAM timing in the BIOS to X.M.P. to get what the RAM specs are,

    I agree. AI Overclock Tuner -> XMP and Profile1
  4. Thank you all for the quick replies.

    I know I don't need anything more than 1600 but these 1866 sticks would be free so I figure why not.

    And thanks for the welcome!
  5. Thanasi said:
    ... but these 1866 sticks would be free so I figure why not.!

    :o Oh Yeah - FREE is good!!!
  6. Best answer selected by Thanasi.
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