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Ram 1600MHz on 2500k?

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April 4, 2012 3:03:04 AM

i want to get corsair vengeance 2x4GB 1600MHz with a 2500k, but on intel ark it says the i5 2500k only supports DDR3-1066/1333. WTF?! this has to be wrong. the 2500k has to be able to handle 1600mhz. whats the deal?

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a c 185 à CPUs
April 4, 2012 3:18:30 AM

Intel just has "specified" speeds, however motherboards can support speeds up to 2133mhz! Don't worry, it isn't anything bad.
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April 4, 2012 3:40:30 AM

amuffin said:
Intel just has "specified" speeds, however motherboards can support speeds up to 2133mhz! Don't worry, it isn't anything bad.


now up to 2333MHz!!! but okay. i was a little worried there. i dont understand why they cant be simple and just say min-max.
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April 4, 2012 3:40:45 AM

Best answer selected by marshal11.
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a c 126 à CPUs
April 4, 2012 3:41:55 AM

Just make sure not to run 1.65v memory. It voids the warranty through Intel.
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a c 227 à CPUs
April 4, 2012 3:51:41 AM

Anything over 1.5v will void the CPU warranty.

The memory controller is on the CPU with Sandy Bridge chips and as such it is really a waste of money going over DDR3 1600 speeds. The onboard memory controller just does not need higher speed memory and there is only a tiny gain and generally only in synthetic benchmarks. Real world is just fine with 1.5v DDR3 1600 cas 9.

Full benchmarks.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...
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