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Can 1600Mhz DDR3 run on a 1333MHz Board?

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Hey probably a dumb question, but I wanted to know if DDR3 at 1600 is compatible with a Mobo that supports 1333, I mean would it just downclock it? My problem is I am sending my motherboard and cpu back because it is not working properly and I need to get something to replace it, I don't want to get the same thing I had before as it was a extreme headache. I would like to use my ram from before though. I need a micro Atx board that supports 1600 ram speed, which is pretty hard to find for something I want. So if I was able to just downclock the Ram and use it on a board that only supports 1333 that would save me some hassle. Will that work?
i guess?
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Yes. You can always check the manufacturers list of support RAM, but it should just downclock itself to 1333MHz if that's what the board accepts.

Mine supports 1333MHz but has a setting that needs to be enabled to run the RAM at it's rated speed of 1600MHz.
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Should downclock.
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it would almost certainly default to 1333 yes, but on any AM2/AM3/LGA1156/LGA1366 board, the board really has nothing to do with it; it's all up to the CPU, as the memory controller is on the CPU.
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post #6 of 6
I say down clock it and tighten the timings and lower the volts. Equals mind at ease.

@ michaeljr1186 you really helped........
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