Can the 2500K run 1600Mhz ram?

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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  1. 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.
  2. I run 1600 ram (Corsair vengeance) with my 2500.

    Here isn a good article,review-32268-10.html

    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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Yes if your MB supports it and overclocking is possible .
    Pick 1600MHz@1.5v or lower.
  7. yip, it would b supported
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