I have a HP Pavilion HPE h8-1170uk Desktop PC and im looking for upgrade its RAM to 16GB however, im not sure if the RAM im looking at is compatible,
The motherboard is IPISB-CH2 (Chicago), which has the following supports:
Dual channel memory architecture (also supports single channel)
Four 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 DIMMs
PC3 8500 (1066 MHz)
PC3 10600 (1333 MHz)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit* systems
Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit systems
As it says it supports PC3 10600 (1333 MHz) but does not say it supports the 12800 (1600 MHz), does this mean it will not even allow this module to be used ?
In short, can the IPISB-CH2 (Chicago) motherboard support Avexir MPower Series 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Quad Channel Kit (AVD3U16000904G-4CM) [AVD3U16000904G-4CM].
Sorry if this questions seems stupid or if I answered myself
If you want to go through the hassle of RMA'ing RAM (based on what another RAM company says against mobo specs), it's your gamble. If the board was an ASUS or something like that, you'd probably have better luck but these proprietary boards are not designed to be pushed beyond spec. If you can get Crucial to verify that they have tested that 1600 RAM on that board, give it a shot, but then again they can only verify that THEIR RAM worked, not any other RAM like what you selected.
In short, it's just up to how much trouble you're willing to go through if your system doesn't recognize the new RAM. What will be even trickier though is matching new 1333 RAM to what's already in there as some pre-built systems can be a bit picky when it comes to mingling existing with new.
What is going on with your system that has made you feel like you need 16GB? Many gamers who play today's most advanced games on full settings don't even use that much.
Dont mean to contradict but I have to point a few things out. The Compaq IPISB-CH2 (Chicago) motherboard is made by Pegatron a Company that started in 2007 as a subsidiary of Asus before spinning off in 2010. The motherboard is probably from when Pegatron was still subsidiary of Asus, so it must share Asus Technology.. Another point is it's advertised as a gaming motherboard, so it's not like an ordinary proprietary motherboard and can probably handle the 1600 RAM at 1333 normal clock and at 1600 overclocked.
Whether the motherboard recognises the 1600 MHz RAM may depend on the BIOS, if it's locked and it doesn't readily recognise it, that could be a problem... but if the BIOS is not locked, it can be adjusted to recognise the RAM and even overclocked to use it at 1600 MHz. I don't think a motherboard that's advertised for gaming would have a locked BIOS, but it should be checked before considering upgrading to 1600 MHz RAM.