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Can the 2500K run 1600Mhz ram?

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February 27, 2012 1:52:09 PM

Hey guys,

Hope all is well :D 

I am upgrading from A Q8400 to the 2500k.

My question is :

The 2500k says it supports 1333Mhz ram. And Ivy bridge will support 1600Mhz ram. What does this actually mean? - Surely If your motherboard support ddr3- 1600 you should be able to run your ram at that frequency.

Or is it specified in regards to the onboard graphics of the cpu ? - as in the frequency with which it can swap textures from ram.

Also, will I see any difference between 1333 or 1600 Mhz ram? for gaming only.

Much thanks,


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a c 186 à CPUs
February 27, 2012 2:39:10 PM

Yes it works, however there is no difference in gaming so save some money and buy 1333mhz over 1600mhz and put that money towards a better case or power supply.
February 27, 2012 2:50:16 PM

I run 1600 ram (Corsair vengeance) with my 2500.

Here isn a good article

At the end of the day, the price difference is minor between the 2 may as well go with 1600 epecially if your board is a Z68 so will take Ivy bridge.

Alawys best if the ram is listed in the Mobo's manual in the QVL list.
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a c 190 à CPUs
February 27, 2012 3:26:22 PM

Officially the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ only support DDR 3 1066 and 1333 in socket 1155. While you can put DDR 3 1600 and you may have to set it to run at that speed in the bios it really isnt a big issue. The biggest thing with the 2nd generation Intel Core processors is making sure that the memory that you are running is at 1.5v ±5%. Right now I see very little difference in pricing between DDR 3 1333 or 1600. After the 1600 the price does start to run up quickly.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
February 27, 2012 4:14:18 PM

i had an upgrade form crucial DDR3 1333mhz to kingston DDR3 1600mhz.
i didnt feel no differences, maybe i've gained 1 or 2 fps more but i cant tell.

February 27, 2012 4:37:00 PM

Im running 1600 mhz ram on a 2500k, and even CL6 timings, but its a waste of money. Pick up the cheapest 1333 CL9, I wish id done that.
February 27, 2012 4:54:22 PM

Yes if your MB supports it and overclocking is possible .
Pick 1600MHz@1.5v or lower.
February 27, 2012 5:01:42 PM

yip, it would b supported