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Can i downclock 1333mhz ram modules into a max 1066mhz mainboard?

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  • Dell Inspiron
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Anonymous
December 27, 2012 10:09:05 AM

Hello, i was wondering if i buy 4x2gb pc3-8500 240pin ddr3 1333mhz non-ecc ram modules that it will run in a mainboard of max accepted ram of 1066mhz.

i have a dell inspiron 560 desktop, and 1066mhz ram modules from ramcity cost more than $100. i didn't think it should cost that much but 1333mhz cost cheaper, so i was wondering if it would make a difference.

if i haven't got it right, and i want 4x2gb (8gb) total ram, what should i get?

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a b V Motherboard
December 27, 2012 11:48:44 AM

use "cpuz" software to see if your board support ddr2 or ddr3 ram
if it support ddr3 then you can buy higher clocked ram and motherboard will automatically downclock that ram according to supported speed

ddr2 rams are costlier and max at 1066mhz
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a b V Motherboard
December 27, 2012 11:51:41 AM


for example in this image, the ram supported/installed is ddr3

ddr3 are incompatible with ddr2 board
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a b V Motherboard
December 27, 2012 12:37:15 PM

Your specs say 1066-MHz DDR3 DIMM non-ECC memory only. You may be stuck with that. Those proprietary dell systems are flaky about that sometimes.
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Anonymous
January 2, 2013 11:28:36 PM

zdbc13 said:
Your specs say 1066-MHz DDR3 DIMM non-ECC memory only. You may be stuck with that. Those proprietary dell systems are flaky about that sometimes.


that's what i'm worried about - dell proprietary. i was just wanting to know if anyone's attempted to do what i was going to do with 1333mhz chips. i've seen a thread where a certain dell system wouldn't boot any more due to the wrong ram chips, so i guess i'll go with 4x2gb 1066MHz chips from ramcity.

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a b V Motherboard
January 3, 2013 12:30:47 PM

What did cpuz say about your existing ram?
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Anonymous
January 3, 2013 6:53:17 PM

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What did cpuz say about your existing ram?


i already know my ram is pc3-8500 ddr3 240pin.
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Anonymous
January 9, 2013 11:17:29 PM

Best answer selected by electricityWhisperer.
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