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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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.