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I'm planning on getting a new motherboard, but I'm not sure if my current RAM will be compatible with this new motherboard, since I don't know much about RAM
could some either tell me how to check and what to look for or just tell me if they are compatible. Thanks in advance.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

My Current RAM

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Yep, your current RAM should work with that mobo just fine.

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Yep, your current RAM should work with that mobo just fine.

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The DDR3 part tells you what type it is. Thought not all ram is the same speed even if it fits.
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The DDR3 part tells you what type it is. Thought not all ram is the same speed even if it fits.

That's one thing I was worried about. I knew it was DDR3
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That's one thing I was worried about. I knew it was DDR3

It will be compatible, but faster ddr3 ram is much preferable. typically 1600 or higher.
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The default RAM frequency for Phenom II CPUs is 1333 MHz. The default RAM frequency for Bulldozer/FX CPUs is 1866 MHz. Most mobo makers have a QVL list of tested RAM. Many RAM suppliers also have a RAM selector where you can find RAM approved for specific mobos or CPUs or brands of CPUs. If all else fails you can e-mail Tech Support for the mobo and RAM maker and have them confirm compatibility with a specific mobo model.

As far as RAM frequency goes independent testing by Tom's Hardware, AnandTech, X-Bit Labs and OCN member "damric" has shown no significant gains in real world applications on typical Intel and AMD desktop PCs with higher frequencies than ~1333 MHz. and even less improvement with tighter latencies above ~1333 MHz. because one clock cycle is shorter in real time as the RAM frequency increases. The reason there are no significant gains is because DDR3 RAM at ~1333 MHz. does not create a system bottleneck as older and slower DDR and DDR2 RAM did. This has all been discussed in the links below for those who are interested including test data from Far Cry 2 in intense RAM usage scenes.

At the moment DDR3 RAM is very inexpensive and 1333 MHz. (PC3 10600) / 1600 MHz. (PC3 12800), frequency RAM Kits seems to be the sweet spot for performance/value if you need/desire to upgrade.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1243950/correct-trc-timings

Disregard the personal attacks in this thread which does not change the test results for REAL applications.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1237178/is-o-cing-my-ram-worth-the-trouble

NOTE: AMD Llano APUs do benefit from faster RAM above ~1333 MHz. in real applications because the GPU gets to use the faster RAM.

The reason why I post this information is so that people will understand why they see no significant gain in real world applications with RAM frequncies above ~1333 MHz. By all means run your RAM at whatever frequency makes you happy. Some folks actually Under-clock their RAM to allow higher OC'ing of the CPU - which delivers much better system gains than RAM OC'ing above ~1333 MHz. can.
Edited by AMD4ME - 4/22/12 at 6:22pm
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i just upgraded my 1333mhz ram to 1866mhz, real performance is the same.
    
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i just upgraded my 1333mhz ram to 1866mhz, real performance is the same.

Yup, many folks have confirmed this. The synthetic benches always show theoretical gains but they are not 100% representative of real apps.
Edited by AMD4ME - 4/22/12 at 6:23pm
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