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December 25, 2011 3:34:34 PM

i plan to take i7 2600 processor. the intel site specifies that the default ram is 1333hz and 1.5 volt. is there a way to use higher speed rams as 1600hz (without changing the voltage) . will it damage the system in any way.

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December 25, 2011 3:49:06 PM

anish449 said:
i plan to take i7 2600 processor. the intel site specifies that the default ram is 1333hz and 1.5 volt. is there a way to use higher speed rams as 1600hz (without changing the voltage) . will it damage the system in any way.


RAM doesn't depend so much on the CPU but more the motherboard. From what I've seen all the major motherboard companies out there (Gigabyte, MSI, Asus..) post a CPU and RAM support list. They do this because some RAM sticks will work with a motherboard and some won't. It's best to look at motherboards and they're RAM support list then decide. I paired a Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 motherboard with 8 gigs of Corsair Vengance at a speed of 1600 and it's great. I knew I wanted Vengence Ram so then I went and researched motherboards that support it.
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December 25, 2011 4:37:38 PM

any 1600mhz ram thats rated at 1.5v should be ok--the ram speed is independent of the clock multiplier on the 2600

even seen some mushkin blackline that will do 1600mhz on 1.35v

for example my 2600k is overclocked to 50 x 100mhz = 5ghz but the ram is still set to 1600mhz at 1.5v--but if i up the bclk then it will slightly overclock the ram--though not by much as 107 bclk is about the maximum

its not like the earlier model i7 where the ram speed was the bclk x the ram multiplier--on those overclocking was based on a high bclk--like 20 x 200mhz for 4ghz

on the 2600 to get 4ghz it would be 40 x 100mhz


hope that makes sense--but basically go in the bios and just pick 1600mhz and leave it at 1.5v or pick xmp if the ram supports it

and like RDS i chose the corsair vengeance--though 16gb not 8gb
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December 25, 2011 4:43:55 PM

rds1220 said:
RAM doesn't depend so much on the CPU but more the motherboard. From what I've seen all the major motherboard companies out there (Gigabyte, MSI, Asus..) post a CPU and RAM support list. They do this because some RAM sticks will work with a motherboard and some won't. It's best to look at motherboards and they're RAM support list then decide. I paired a Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 motherboard with 8 gigs of Corsair Vengance at a speed of 1600 and it's great. I knew I wanted Vengence Ram so then I went and researched motherboards that support it.

i have 2133 mhz ram in my set up, its a i7 2600k
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December 25, 2011 7:19:52 PM

2133 mhz ram is much more expensive than 1600mhz ram and in real life use wont show much improvement

anyway--you will see a difference in benchmarks but not enough in real stuff to merit the price difference

better to get 1600mhz and see if it will drop the timings to 8-8-8

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December 26, 2011 5:07:49 AM

thanks for the reply guys.
i am planning to get asus sabertooth p67 mobo so motherboard will support 1600 ram. but will the change of ram speed in bios(from default 1333 keeping voltage 1.5) affect the processor badly, also would visible performance boost occur while using 1600 instead of 1333.
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December 26, 2011 7:31:03 AM

anish449 said:
thanks for the reply guys.
i am planning to get asus sabertooth p67 mobo so motherboard will support 1600 ram. but will the change of ram speed in bios(from default 1333 keeping voltage 1.5) affect the processor badly, also would visible performance boost occur while using 1600 instead of 1333.

Or you can get lower voltage ram with higher frequencies.
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December 31, 2011 12:51:50 PM

also heard that the increase of ram speed from stock(1066/1333 for SANDYBRIDGE) to 1600hz bring about a increase in performance of only 0.05% in benchmarks. is this true.
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December 31, 2011 3:33:20 PM

anish449 said:
thanks for the reply guys.
i am planning to get asus sabertooth p67 mobo so motherboard will support 1600 ram. but will the change of ram speed in bios(from default 1333 keeping voltage 1.5) affect the processor badly, also would visible performance boost occur while using 1600 instead of 1333.


P67 isn't bad but the Z68 is the latest chipset. The P67 had some problems and the Z68 update elminated most of those problems.
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December 31, 2011 5:10:35 PM

2426611,9,978649 said:
P67 isn't bad but the Z68 is the latest chipset. The P67 had some problems and the Z68 update

i am not planing to oc and also plan to use a gpu therefore any chipset is ok i chose p67 as sabertooth edition is available only for that chipset.also by problem what do u mean is it the sata 2 controler issue that was rectified by b3 revision or any thing new
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