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Can I install RAM exceeding current spec to plan for future motherboard upgrade?


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 04:10 PM

My current ASUS motherboard is compatible with DDR3 speeds 1066, 1333, 1600, and 1800 on 2 X 240 pin DIMM slots.

Can I install higher speed DDR3 RAM modules that exceed speed rating of this motherboard........for example DDR3 2933 (PC3 23400)? Will it just function at the highest DDR3 speed offered by my current motherboard? Or will it not function at all? Would it cause damage?

I am interested in doing this in case I upgrade to a faster, more powerful motherboard in the future. Then I would already have the faster RAM I could just switch from old to new board.


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Posted 24 March 2016 - 04:43 PM

You can install faster than rated ram modules, however they will run at your motherboard's rated speed. Just know that ram speed has little effect on performance.


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Posted 24 March 2016 - 05:31 PM

...and since the price of RAM has consistently dropped as time has gone on and faster RAM has evolved...I would not necessarily buy today's RAM with any eye to future use with a different motherboard.

 

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 08:16 PM

Also consider DDR3 is old and most new upgrades as of now would be with DDR4.


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Posted 26 March 2016 - 10:44 PM

Ok. Thanks for your input. It might make more sense to start with a motherboard upgrade if and when it's needed. I found a board that will accept my current RAM modules and current CPU. And this board is forward compatible for power increases too.

 

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