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Will my memory and CPU be compatible with my ASUS M5A97 EVO?

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July 25, 2012 3:00:55 AM

bought a bunch of parts off newegg on a whim and my dumbass didn't exactly check the compatibility charts for the mobo before i bought everything......

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




For the CPU, according to here: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#CPU...
it says:
FX-8150(FD8150FRW8KGU),3.6GHz,8C,125W,rev.B2G,AM3+

but i have "FD8150FRGUBOX"...




and for the RAM under the 2133 speed here: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#MSL
it lists:

G.SKILL
F3-17066CL9D-4GBTDS(XMP)
4GB ( 2x 2GB )
DS

G.SKILL
F3-17066CL8D-4GBPS(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS

G.SKILL
F3-17066CL9D-4GBTD(XMP)
4GB(2 x 2GB)
DS

G.SKILL
F3-17066CL9T-6GB-T
6GB(3 x 2GB)
DS


but mine isn't listed.. i have the "F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM"






bottom line.. before I open the packages and start assembling.. i wanted to ask your guys opinions.

is there a chance that my RAM and CPU will still be compatible? or should I just return them for something on the compatibility list to save headache?

i just don't want to ruin something by trying to put parts together that aren't compatible

ty
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July 25, 2012 3:25:25 AM

"4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory Dual Channel Memory Architecture"

They treat 2133 as O.C. You MUST buy the approved model that is specified in the list to be able to use it at that speed. If you contact to the customer service and ask for the solution, they will just say "sorry, the ram you use is not in the QVL".

Your current ram might work but maybe at lower speed, which defeats the purpose and waste of money.

For your CPU, i found it under the CPU support list, so, it won't be any issue.
July 25, 2012 3:31:27 AM

thanks ttcboy for the response.

newb question, so am I correct in assuming that it won't damage the RAM or motherboard by trying it out at the least before i exchange it?
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July 25, 2012 3:39:57 AM

Did you buy an aftermarket cooler for that CPU?

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July 25, 2012 3:47:59 AM
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daletron said:
thanks ttcboy for the response.

newb question, so am I correct in assuming that it won't damage the RAM or motherboard by trying it out at the least before i exchange it?


Ur welcome.

There won't be any issue if you want to try it out. The worst it can happen is that you won't be able to boot up your system but it won't do damage to any parts.

I've gone through the QVL and found out that the maximum ram that u can go is 8GB (4GBx2) for DDR3 2133 from kingston and none of the ram have 4dimm option, which mean if you go for DDR3 2133 route, you won't be able to buy additional ram in the future to populate the other 2 slots.

For DDR3 2000, there is patriot ram that goes up to 12GB at (4GBx3) and it is the max you can go with speed above 2000. There are 16GB solutions on lower speed ones like DDR3 1600 A-Data, which you can buy 2x4GB now and buy another as the time goes by to upgrade.

If you are ok with 8GB without any upgrade, 2133 is the way to go but if you would like to add in more ram as the time goes by, you have to look for 4dimm solution.
July 25, 2012 4:03:04 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Did you buy an aftermarket cooler for that CPU?


ya, i bought a huge zalman heatsink/fan for $60 -.-


ttcboy said:
Ur welcome.

There won't be any issue if you want to try it out. The worst it can happen is that you won't be able to boot up your system but it won't do damage to any parts.

I've gone through the QVL and found out that the maximum ram that u can go is 8GB (4GBx2) for DDR3 2133 from kingston and none of the ram have 4dimm option, which mean if you go for DDR3 2133 route, you won't be able to buy additional ram in the future to populate the other 2 slots.

For DDR3 2000, there is patriot ram that goes up to 12GB at (4GBx3) and it is the max you can go with speed above 2000. There are 16GB solutions on lower speed ones like DDR3 1600 A-Data, which you can buy 2x4GB now and buy another as the time goes by to upgrade.

If you are ok with 8GB without any upgrade, 2133 is the way to go but if you would like to add in more ram as the time goes by, you have to look for 4dimm solution.


awesome, thanks for the extra info, really appreciate it. i didn't even know about the 8gig max thing... i'm only doing casual gaming so i'm hoping 8 should be enough for a while, thx again.
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July 25, 2012 5:36:23 AM

8GB is enough for gaming. You will only need more if you do video and photo editing a lot.

Have Fun!!
August 1, 2012 12:15:03 AM

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