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So need new memory, and my dad will get my old memory. He got a Medion pc, with a P55 motherboard. His motherboard got very very limited BIOS options. My current memory is 1600Mhz 1.5v and his motherbaord can max accept 1333Mhz at 1.5v

So the memory will just be downclocked to 1333Mhz, right?
But what about XMP? Does his motherboard have to support that one too?

I currently got these memory here, and my dad will get them for his pc:
http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-12800cl9d-8gbrl

And I will be upgrading to these here:
http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-2400c10d-16gtx
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Yes, the memory will simply run at default DDR3 speed of 1333 MHz in his system.
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If his motherboard has a locked down bios or not many options then chances are it will not support XMP
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So what if his motherboard doesnt support XMP? What will he lose from that?
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He will be unable to utilize the XMP profile. It will run at what ever the motherboard specifies
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post #6 of 14

Keep in mind the Intel Chipset that your father has and the memory module you plan on passing to him.  You may run into memory density issues.  Although they may seem compatible based on specs DDR3 1333MHz that system may not boot correctly regardless of a BIOS update.

 

Intel H55 series requires low density memory chips, while Intel H61/Z68 (Sandy Bridge) up until H97/Z97 (Devils Canyon) will support higher density DDR3 memory modules.

 

TL/DR To sum it up the 8GB memory modules are a higher density than the H55 motherboard can support. 


Edited by HyperX-Felinni - 2/8/16 at 2:38pm
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Keep in mind the Intel Chipset that your father has and the memory module you plan on passing to him.  You may run into memory density issues.  Although they may seem compatible based on specs DDR3 1333MHz that system may not boot correctly regardless of a BIOS update.

Intel H55 series requires low density memory chips, while Intel H61/Z68 (Sandy Bridge) up until H97/Z97 (Devils Canyon) will support higher density DDR3 memory modules.

TL/DR To sum it up the 8GB memory modules are a higher density than the H55 motherboard can support. 

What about P55? He got a P55 chipset.
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What about P55? He got a P55 chipset.

 

Sorry Should have clarified all Intel 55-Series Chipsets will be affected.

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My HTPC system was 1156 based (P55/H55). The motherboard played fine with 4GB modules fine, but would not boot with a 8GB stick. As far as XMP goes, if the motherboard is locked down it will downclock to 1333 (or sometimes 1066).

Main thing to remember is P55 was released in 2009 (90% sure) and DDR3 was only 1 or 2 years old and the norm back then was 2GB modules and 1600Mhz was considered top speed. 4GB modules were pricey. They really weren't designed to handle 8GB modules. What I find funny is AM3 of the same era played nice with it.

From your first link your 4GB should work they will just downclock.
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My HTPC system was 1156 based (P55/H55). The motherboard played fine with 4GB modules fine, but would not boot with a 8GB stick. As far as XMP goes, if the motherboard is locked down it will downclock to 1333 (or sometimes 1066).

Main thing to remember is P55 was released in 2009 (90% sure) and DDR3 was only 1 or 2 years old and the norm back then was 2GB modules and 1600Mhz was considered top speed. 4GB modules were pricey. They really weren't designed to handle 8GB modules. What I find funny is AM3 of the same era played nice with it.

From your first link your 4GB should work they will just downclock.

 

The Intel 55 Series Chipset was in weird transition period between low and high density going into Sandy Bridge.  Here's an example of two 4GB memory modules that are 1333MHz with a density difference with the chips.  He would no doubt have to look for memory modules that share same specs of 256x8 chips.

 

Current: KVR13N9S8/4: 512x8 High Density 

Old: KVR1333D3N9/4G: 256x8 Low Density

 

Density is a confusing topic as you can see, there's really no other way to check unless you drill down to the components or count how many chips on the module (this isn't always accurate).

 

Hope we cleared a few things here.

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