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I'm look at cheaper motherboards ~$100 that are good at overclocking and with onboard video because I plan to buy a video card later.

ASUS M4A88T-V EVO 8+1 Phase $80 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131668



What I'm not sure is the memory speed. I see a lot of suggestions on this forum for DDR3 1600 memory but it isn't listed in their supported memory. The ASUS says 2000 (O.C) and the Gigabyte says 1866(O.C). Does this mean I can't use 1600 memory or that if I do it'll downclock to 1333 or only work at the (O.C) speeds? Advice would be helpful.

Processor is a 1100T
Edited by amandydandy - 10/12/11 at 4:43pm
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It'll have a maximum of the speed listed. Less than that (ie: 1600MHz) will be supported.
   
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It'll have a maximum of the speed listed. Less than that (ie: 1600MHz) will be supported.
Maximum speed being the speed with (O.C) listed right?

Also, in general would it be better to go with a board that throttles like the ASUS one or one that doesn't? I read on another thread someone had trouble overclocking because of that feature but I understand it's useful for safety.
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Maximum speed being the speed with (O.C) listed right?

Also, in general would it be better to go with a board that throttles like the ASUS one or one that doesn't? I read on another thread someone had trouble overclocking because of that feature but I understand it's useful for safety.
Are you referring to voltage throttling (Vdrop/Vdroop)?
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Originally Posted by amandydandy View Post
What I'm not sure is the memory speed. I see a lot of suggestions on this forum for DDR3 1600 memory but it isn't listed in their supported memory. The ASUS says 2000 (O.C) and the Gigabyte says 1866(O.C). Does this mean I can't use 1600 memory or that if I do it'll downclock to 1333 or only work at the (O.C) speeds?
Those are the maximum supported memory speeds for your RAM, on a 100$ budget you wont be looking for anything more than a 1600mhz kit, and therefore these numbers are irrelevant.
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Are you referring to voltage throttling (Vdrop/Vdroop)?
yes

Well, I messed up choosing the Gigabyte motherboard as I got confused with another one that was priced the same. The one I had chosen was 4+1 phase. Guess the Asus is my option now.
Edited by amandydandy - 10/12/11 at 4:46pm
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