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Old 08-02-2006, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default DDR2 800 memory: compatibility question

Hi folks,

I'm about to start my first build and I have a question about the type of RAM I can use with my mobo/cpu. I bought a gigabyte mobo with the new 965 chipset and it's FSB runs at 1066/800. The CPU I bought is a pentium D 840 which has a FSB of 800. So my question is, can I use DDR2 800 ram which has a higher speed (1066) than my cpu? It seems like I should be able to set the speed of the RAM lower in the Bios but I just wanted to make sure before I blow 200 dollars. If I can use DDR2 800 I have a few more questions: The motherboard states that the RAM needs to be 1.8 volt. The closest DDR2 800 (2 x 1 Gigabyte) kit I could find runs at 1.9v...is this ok? Finally, will I really see a boost in performance over DDR2-667 RAM?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

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Old 08-03-2006, 01:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yes, im pretty sure you can
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