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MSI Z170A Gaming M3 RAM Suggestions?


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#1 jimlau

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:17 PM

How finicky is the above MB with memory? There is a long official list of compatible RAM, but it's tedious trying to look up the latency of each and then which shop has it. Is it risky to get 2x8GB RAM not on the list? Does the CPU play a part in compatibility (I have the i7 6700K)?

Any RAM recommendations at 3000 or above?

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:25 AM

Does the CPU play a part in compatibility

 

Yes because the memory controller in now in the cpu, in the past it was part of the chip-set.

Supported memory: DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR4-1866, DDR4-2133

 

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_i7/Intel-Core%20i7-6700K.html

 

Type of memory used doesn't change much in any case, just get middle of the road speed wise with the best timings possible and you should be good, if you want ram heat sinks just for the look go for it but good ram doesn't need any and shouldn't pump out heat.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:13 AM

 

Does the CPU play a part in compatibility

 

Yes because the memory controller in now in the cpu, in the past it was part of the chip-set.

Supported memory: DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR4-1866, DDR4-2133

 

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_i7/Intel-Core%20i7-6700K.html

 

Type of memory used doesn't change much in any case, just get middle of the road speed wise with the best timings possible and you should be good, if you want ram heat sinks just for the look go for it but good ram doesn't need any and shouldn't pump out heat.

 

Thanks.

 

I want to overclock, so I was thinking speed of 3000 or more. Trying to find 1 with latency 16 or less, and the timings 16 or less. So are you saying this motherboard will accept any DDR4 that the i6700K will?

 

I looked at the compatile RAM for this motherboard






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