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1600mhz ram problem please help

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I have a I5 2400 and a h61 Asus mobo and I just got a 1600mhz pair of dimms but the mobo manual says DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMs are only supported by 3rd generation Intel Core processor family processors! Does this mean it won't work at all or just downclock?
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Intel Core i5 2310 P8H61-M LX R2.0 Intel HD Graphics 1000 (GT1) Patriot G2 DDR3-1600Mhz @ 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm SAMSUNG DVD-RW Super-Multi Recorder Stock Intel Cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit 
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Phillips 150B 15" eSys Stock Keyboard Mercury 550W Aerocool Vs-9 
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eSys Stock Laser Mouse 
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Sorry yea that i5 does not support 1600Mhz RAM, look here at your CPU for the supported memory:
http://ark.intel.com/products/52207/Intel-Core-i5-2400-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_40-GHz

That processor only supports max of 1333Mhz, even if the motherboard supports more you are limited to what the processor allows. Does this mean it won't work? No, you might be able to run 1600Mhz fine. But if you run into issues (stability, blue screens, etc.) you may have to underclock it to run at 1333Mhz. It's hit or miss, every chip/motherboard is a little different. The good news, if you do have to underlock it usually higher speed RAMS run at better timings than stock RAM at the underlocked speeds.
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