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DDR4 ram and speeds compatibility for ASUS M32CD-CA018T


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#1 ThreePeakSolutions

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 06:10 AM

I'm not as much of a newb as the following question will seem like.  I have an ASUS M32CD-CA018T (i5-6400, 1TB, 8GB DDR4 ram @ 2133Mhz, win 10).  Note, the "submodel" (last 6 characters after dash) seems to be specific to Staples where I bought it.  Apparently the M32CD series from ASUS has a few variants, so I just look up info using M32CD as the model # search and just make sure it's the same specs.  I'm not 100% sure of the Mobo model #, but my understanding is that it can take both dd3 (possibly ddr3L specifically) AND ddr4.  Mine ships with 8gb of ddr4 @ 2133.  Now as far as compatibility, I am getting anecdotal info that the MOBO officially supports 16GB of RAM (2 DIMM slots total), and Unofficially up to 32GB).  I've never used ddr4 before, but assuming the principals are the same:  #1) Does the usual "faster ram speed sticks will work but get downclocked to highest supported speed by mobo/ OR match lowest speed stick" hold true here?  The only M32CD literature I can find uses the following the language:  "DDR4 at 2133Mhz" It doesn't say max memory or speeds supported or anything along those lines, it's just titled "memory".  Do I infer from that sentence that I can only use exactly that speed of ram at ddr4 in this pc?  Or will faster speeds like 2600 work in the computer, but likely downclock the ram to 2133?  I'm talking "will it work", not will I get the higher speed to clairify.

 

#2)  Assuming anybody knows the proper MOBO in the ASUS M32CD-CA018T, is their any XMP profiles or overclock/tuning options in the bios?  I've only used dell and hp before this, so i'm used to being horribly hadncuffed.

 

#3)  I can already assume the venom I'll get for this, but having never had a system prior that could handle more than 1 type of ram, as the M32CD-CA018T supposedly can....It is feasible to run the pc with a mix of 1 ddf3 stick and 1 ddr4 stick?  at least in the short term?  It ships with 1 x 8gb stick of ddr4 2133 and 1 free dimm slot.  I have 1 x 8gb ddr3 1600 stick lying around.  I realize if it is even possible to run it, best case scenario it would reduce the ddr4 speed to match the lower ddr3, but is this feasible in the short term until I pick up another ddr4 stick?  

Thanks in advance


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:15 AM

I wouldn't worry about ram speeds- in the big picture they don't make a huge difference. You shouldn't need 32gb of ram unless you so heavy video editing and 16gb is still a little overkill. It is best to mix only the same ram and not mix speeds, latencies and sizes.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:38 AM

If you mix modules with different speeds the faster modules will only run as fast as the slowest module.

 

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your motherboard.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 
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Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 
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The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 
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In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 08:21 PM

Thanks for taking the time.  To clarify, I don't do insane HD video editing per se, but I do heavy multitasking and I am regularly using Adobe CC 2015 and video capture (from old vhs).  So in my case, more than 8gb is important.  Please note when viewing the speccy results below:  This speccy result is of the the Asus m32cd-ca018t rig STOCK!  I have a NVIDIA GEforce that I plan on installing as well as hopefully bumping up the ram.  I am seeking clarification from ASUS before I crack open the case however as I am receiving conflicting information as to whether that would void the warranty.  The Ram installed is indeed DDR4 2133 8gb x 1 stick.  There is an empty slot.  When one searches the model #, you mostly get reference to shipping with ddr3 1600.  Another oddity, searching for the model via the crucial compatibility search only shows ddr3 options as compatible.  I was told I had to run the crucial scanner on the rig in question for the most accurate results....Same thing.  All compatible listed products are ddr3.  From my initial check, it seems like the speccy results match the CPUz ones in relation to the big components, MOBO in particular.

 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/wwfjJx7yyNjt7JP4ChMX4BP​



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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:53 AM

Your Speccy link does not work.  Please do this again and pay close attention to the instructions.

 

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
 
This is a Zip file, you will need a program like Zip to extract the program.
 
When you have downloaded the Speccy Snapshot you will need to extract the program.  In order to do this click on Extract all as seen in the image below.
 
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After extracting the program you will be prompted to Select a Destination and Extract Files.  You can change the location suggested or choose another location.  After you have decided on the location click on Extract.
 
In the page that opens you will see two Applications.  The first is for a 32-bit operating system, the second is for a 64-bit operating system.  Click on the version which applies to your operating system.  This will open the Speccy Snapshot.
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 
speccy9_zps2d9cdedc.png
 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 
speccy7_zpsfa02105f.png
 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 
speccy3_zps1791b093.png
 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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