View Full Version : Motherboards and RAM

12-11-2003, 09:13 AM
If a motherboard's specs list that it supports DDR400/333/266, what would happen if one used DDR433 or 466? Then again, I haven't yet seen a motherboard that said it supported anything higher than DDR400...

12-11-2003, 11:58 AM
Memory modules are backward compatible so they will work fine in an older mainboard not capable of handling its full potential. The speed rating is nothing more than a guarantee by the manufacturer that this particular module will run in a stable manner at least to the speed specification. If you run it slower, then all will still be well.

12-11-2003, 12:13 PM
But it wouldn't be worth the money to buy faster than DDR400 RAM (in my case), right?

12-11-2003, 12:27 PM
If you're not overclocking, DDR400 is fine. Actually even if you are overclocking a bit, DDR400 should be alright (although its a gamble to see how fast it will go) If you're planning on some major overclocking, buy the rams peed that best justifies your needs. If you're gonna run 33 mhz over spec (400mhz being spec in this case) buy 433. 66 over, ddr466 so and and so forth, you get the idea. Most DDR400 RAM can be O/C'd to 433 and beyond, but its a risk. If you're not overclocking though, stick with decent ddr400. Crucial is a nice reliable name, and you cant beat a lifetime warranty.

12-11-2003, 12:30 PM
You'd have better success overclocking the higher-specified ram, if you were aiming to do so. Or, you could think of it as an investment in a future computer upgrade, although there's some risk to that thinking.:devil:

12-11-2003, 07:53 PM
In fact this question would be better answered if ya included the mobo and CPU that ya goin' to use and whether ya intend on overclockin' or not. :beer:

12-11-2003, 11:27 PM
Mobo: MSI K8T
CPU: Athlon 64 3200+

I'm not really an overclocker, though I had intended to use the Mobo's dynamic overclocking feature.