Originally Posted by xd_1771
Why RAM should be approved for a specific CPU is bollocks. I could take an X79 quad channel kit and fill my four slots on AM3+ and chances are it would work just fine. Heck, my P55 "only" kit (which G.Skill actually discourages for use on AM3 platform and other platforms, apparently) is one of the best AM3 platform overclocking RAM to commonly exist. And I run two of the kits in 4x2GB. At the rated speed (1600Mhz) and timings, something that some people say just isn't possible on AM3 with an x6.
Platform specificness is overrated and there just for the marketing. Companies will milk the fewer buyers of a certain platform so that they make more money. Why do you think G.Skill doesn't rate any of their >1600 CL9 kits (except for Flares) for AM3 platform? I have caught companies tricking the fewer AMD buyers into buying "AMD-specific" memory that costs so much more than equally binned or better "Intel-specific" counterparts that cost less. G.Skill did this with the G.Skill Flare kits, I always found them to be pure ripoffs.
While you are entitled to your subjective opinion, RAM and mobo makers disagree with your beliefs and can demonstrate as can many consumers, that your beliefs are not necessarily valid. I'm not sure where you are buying you RAM but AMD and Intel approved RAM tends to be priced almost identical and it's dirt cheap right now.
So the bottom line is people have been given proper, accurate info. on RAM and then you post your unsubstantiated opinion as if it were fact, which just confuses the Hell out of people with less experience and technical knowledge who are simply trying to buy the proper RAM for their PC.
If they go out and buy RAM specified for Intel CPUs and it doesn't work on an AMD platform or vice versa, are you going to reimbuse them? It costs no more to buy the proper RAM for a specific brand of CPU so why would you NOT buy RAM that is approved for your specific CPU? There is also some RAM approved for both Intel and AMD and that RAM would be a good choice too.
You should perhaps preface your RAM comments with a disclaimer that states you have limited experience with RAM compared to a RAM or mobo manufacturer. Your limited experience may not resemble that of other people's RAM experience which might be far different than your's and that forum member should not take your RAM posts as documented fact because they are not, they are your opinion based on very limited experience with RAM testing vs a RAM vendor who tests all of their RAM for compatibility.
Without a disclaimer you are doing forum members a disservice by suggesting that any RAM will work when in fact this has been proven many times to be untrue. Many RAM vendors will not guarantee all of their RAM to work on both platforms because of the variations in IMCs and RAM ICs.Edited by AMD4ME - 12/11/11 at 3:14pm