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If I was gonna get the ASRock AB350 Pro4, it says RAM rated till 2667mhz and has 4 slots, does that mean I can't use RAM faster than 2667 in it? Or can I overclock it or something?

Will it really matter? I'd be using it for gaming.

I wanna get the Ryzen 1600x.

Do I need 16gb of DDR4? atm I have 8gb DDR3 and I'm using 2.8 GB of it currently if I check windows task manager, I barely go over 4gb even. But everyone seems to be buying 2x8gb sticks.

Why?
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Higher mem sticks take up less slots. Putting RAM in all your slots may create problems at either using all the rates speed of the RAM and for overclocking the RAM. So for instance instead of getting two sets of 2x4GB of RAM for a total of 16GB of RAM (that will fill all slots), preference is for one set of 2x8BG of RAM for a total of 16GB of RAM (that will not saturate all the RAM slots but only use up two slots). Also will leave room for expansion down the road.
 
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cost for 16gb vs 8gb makes 16gb the better buy.
my usage can drain 8gb on my current machine its why I got 16gb also for my ryzen incoming
windows etc..will work better for me with 16gb
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If you're doing it purely for gaming, the 1600(x) is most likely overkill. Unless you're planning on pairing it with a high end video card (1080 or above) it'll make virtually no difference compared to say, a 1500X or in the case of mid range video cards (like the GTX 1060 or RX 580, even the 1400 will perform up to 95% of the 1600(X) with a moderate overclock.

So my suggestion is that unless you're planning on doing productivity tasks (Like editing, or number crunching) stick to a 4 core, 8 thread CPU. Just my two cents.
When something has "support" for something, means it's only been tested using that specification. It means you can PROBABLY overclock your memory to higher frequencies (Or just get a higher frequency kit), but if something goes wrong, they won't be able to help you, since they've only tested and thus offer support up to a certain frequency.

I'm pretty sure you'll be okay with 8GB of system RAM. It CAN exceed that amount, but if you're just careful with running applications, you should be okay for the most part. Games are more generally VRAM sensitive than they are system RAM sensitive at this point (Exceptions are made, when dealing with CPU heavy games like Civ, for instance). I think you'll just have to monitor your specific use case.

I hope this helps.
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rated is what they the manufacturer tested and says will work. Anything higher is at your own risk. More sticks or more Hz == more stress == less chance it will work.

16GB is a must because the alternative is 8GB minus 2 GB for windows leaves you with 6GB for games, and most surpass that amount already.

2 sticks is because ryzen memory is 2 channels. More, or less than 2 sticks will be ok, but not optimal.
Edited by sefwe - 4/25/17 at 4:00am
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"If I was gonna get the ASRock AB350 Pro4, it says RAM rated till 2667mhz and has 4 slots, does that mean I can't use RAM faster than 2667 in it? "
You can use ram rated higher than 2667. It will run at 2667 with no side effects.

"Or can I overclock it or something?"
You can overclock it, whether or not it works is a question of luck and component quality.

"Will it really matter? I'd be using it for gaming. "
A bit. Ryzen benefits from faster memory, because memory clock is linked to some some internal components in the CPU, which boost performance. but it's not worth shelling $50 extra.

"I wanna get the Ryzen 1600x. "
likely a good idea. a cheap 6 core is future proof. Although a plain 1600 overclock is likely a solid choice too if you want to overclock, which, considering they are all unlocked, unlike intel, is something to consider.
Edited by sefwe - 4/25/17 at 4:14am
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