I am considering adding some memory to my system and I am just a little confused/curious about something.
In the past, all I ever paid attention to was making sure the ram speeds were compatible... I was always told that if it was too fast it would simply clock down to match the system.
Long story to where I'm getting to... (I'll try to highlight the actual questions...) but in all my searching today, I ran across conversations about some memory not working with certain motherboards, etc.
So, I searched and found a site that listed my motherboard and compatible memory... I am certain that the list is not all inclusive... and many conversations I read stated that... but while looking at the list, I noticed that the ram they suggested was compatible was different than what I had been looking at... which brings up other questions/concerns.
The other day I used the "crucial scan" to see what kind of memory I needed. It suggested
DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.5V • 256Meg x 64 •
So, I had been searching for pc3-12800, or actually ddr3 1600. I was just about settled on "G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600"
I do not remember what prompted me to do some searching on that... I think I was searching g.skill vs kingston, etc... and found people talking about memory not always being so friendly... some even being picky about whether you had 2 or 4 sticks in... I was a little confused about that so I tried to do more searching...
That's when I looked up my mb and found >>This page<<
There you can see it recommended a variety of memory that did not include the ones I was looking at. Depending on brand you had 10600 and 10666 and most of it was 1333mhz.
So, I wondered why crucial would tell me one thing and this page that supposedly shows what's compatible would show me another.
So I opened up speccy to see what I have... what I saw was "PC3-10700 (667 MHz)"
something slightly different from either.
My gut, and my past experiences, tell me that the ddr3 1600 will work... but, will it? should I just shop for the 1333? Does any of it matter?
Looking at that page again... I know the system max is 8gb... but as far as I know(could be wrong) I can only do 2GB per slot... actually, I'm not sure where I got that idea... If 2x4gb can work, I wonder what's better... whatever is cheaper?
Another page from the same website shows that the compatible ram is 1066 and 1333 mhz...
Will the 1600 work? for certain? I'm asking because even if it has to clock itself down... if one is cheaper than the other, it's probably the way I'd go.