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Will the DDR3-2000 8GB (2x4GB) XMS3 work on my motherboard?

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October 9, 2012 5:14:15 PM

Hey there, i recently bought the Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard and was thinking about upgrading the ram to the Corsair DDR3-2000 8GB (2x4GB) XMS3 Memory Module Kit , and im not sure whether it will work, the motherboard spec does say it supports DDR3 2000 ram but this specific memory module kit is not in the Qualified Vendor list for my board.

Does that really matter or is it only recommendation?
Thanks in advance and keep up the good work :p 

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October 9, 2012 5:24:19 PM

MB recommended lists are not always current - they really do not go out of there way to test all memory modules.
I try to look at newegg reviews and see if the specific MB is ever mentioned.

You know that there is little performance increase above 1600. Normally only shows in benchmarks, not in real life day-to-day usage. There are a few apps (emphasis on FEW) that do take advantage of extra bendwith, and/or reduced timings.
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October 9, 2012 5:24:28 PM

I| just did a search on my CPU and it turns out the max frequency ram it can take is 1600mhz so now i decided to rather look into the Corsair DDR3-1600 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance Memory Module Kit will this work on my mobo?

Oh and my CPU is: AMD Phenom 2 x6 1090t
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October 9, 2012 5:25:34 PM

DDR3-2000 will work but you need to oc cpu to 2000 speed. Or else you will get 1333 speed.

Why do you need ddr3-2000. Get a ddr3-1600. It is enough for you and will cheaper. So can save money. Why do you need such speed?
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October 9, 2012 5:30:33 PM

I thought it might increase speed incredibly however i see now that its pointless ty, so how about the orsair DDR3-1600 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance Memory Module Kit will this work on my mobo?
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October 9, 2012 5:38:33 PM

Speed is in number just but not in reality. Good you understand.
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October 9, 2012 5:51:44 PM

OLD outdated chart, but show back then that only about a 10 performance between SLOWEST and fastest ram: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-speed-tests,180...

Same applies to day with faster ram. You will see almost NO real-life performance gain between 1333 and 2000 (with the exception of a few select apps)
Not sure about AMD, but with Intel SB CPUs 1600 was optimium.

PS as speed decreases, compatability general increases.
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