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Ok, I just bought new m/b and memory. The motherboard allows 800 Mhz memory. I bought 1066 memory PC8500. Since my memory is limited to running at 800 Mhz, will my memory stilll be pc8500 or will it revert to pc6400 or something like that?

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ok, thanks, I can't return these things, so I guess i'll just have to deal with it. How much of a difference does pc8500 make over pc6400?
Also, if it is worth it, Is there some type of overclocking I could set up in my bios to run the memory at 1066?
 
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Well, the memory will be PC2 8500, but will go at the speed od PC2 6400, which is 800 MHz (instead of the 1066 MHz of PC2 8500). You have now wasted some money on the "faster" memory and actually it might be slower than about the same quality PC2 6400 would be.
 

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ok, thanks, I can't return these things, so I guess i'll just have to deal with it. How much of a difference does pc8500 make over pc6400?
 

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Also, if it is worth it, Is there some type of overclocking I could set up in my bios to run the memory at 1066?
 
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Well, if the mobo specs don't say you can OC to 1066 RAM, then there isn't. Which motherboard and RAM do you have now? Meaning the ones you just bought, of course.
 

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I bought.
MSI P7N SLI PLATINUM
OCZ PC2-8500 Gold Edition 2x2GB
 
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Hmm. Weird. The MSI site says it only supports up to 800 MHz RAM, still, Corsair site guarantees that their dominator 1066 MHz RAM works with that motherboard... :eek: I don't know which one to trust right now.. It could be that the OCZ Golds work at full speed on that board. Or propably they will work at 800 MHz speed, and have the timings of 1066 MHz memory (making them worse than actual 800 MHz memory (like this: http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr2_pc2_6400_gold_gx_xtc_rev_2_dual_channel)) Anyways, if you're going to return them, I'd recommend Corsair RAM over OCZ. Corsair makes faster, higher quality RAM (per price). This is what I mean: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...top+Memory)-_-Corsair+(XMS+Series)-_-20145194
 

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I'm returning the m/b. just packaged it up. I'm going to buy the MSI Diamond. now.
 
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