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#1 Megaman1

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 07:01 AM

Hi,
Ametuer question :thumbsup:

When it comes to installing RAM, does the RAM speed have to be equivelant to the motherboard speed?

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 12:45 PM

Give us specific numbers..."equivalent" is not a good word.

Generally, a motherboard with a FSB of let's say 400...can use varying RAM modules. A better answer can be given if you give us a motherboard/bus speed and RAM module specs/stated speed.

Generally, a motherboard will indicate what RAM is deemed best for operation...in the motherboard manual/specs.

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Edit: It's a good question :thumbsup:.

Edited by hamluis, 01 March 2009 - 12:45 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:28 AM

Can a motherboard with a 200 mHz FSB support DDR 200 ram and any DDR RAM above the speed of DDR 200 (e.g. DDR 266,DDR 333 etc.)

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:27 AM

Again...what does the motherboard manual (or system manual) suggest?

DDR 200 is also known as PC1600. This is older DRAM, along with PC2100, PC2700, and PC3200. A system running PC1600 may be able to run any of those other 3 specs...but it's not guaranteed. The motheboard/system specs will dictate.

One of the easiest ways to get a handle on what the system or motherboard will run...is to use a memory configurator. There is one of these tools at http://www.crucial.com/search/searchresult...keywords=PC1600

If you enter the appropriate data in the first box, it will take you to a webpage showing memory options for your system/board.

IMO, this would give you the best answer to your question.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:53 AM

For a better understanding of the relationship between the FSB and RAM read this article, it is well written in language that most members will understand.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 11:51 PM

Input appreaciated :thumbsup:




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