New RAM at more than 2000mhz?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by monsow, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. monsow

    monsow MDL Novice

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    Hey guys!

    I just bought a new computer, which comes with 16GB 1600mhz ram. However, when I checked my BIOS, it said my ram was at 1333mhz, so I went to change that (again in the BIOS), but I noticed, that while I could select 1600mhz, I could also select more than 2000mhz (I cannot remember the exact number, sorry)?? How come I can chose such high ram, and should I do it, or does it somehow damage my ram?

    Thanks for the answers guys (I probably wont be able to answer your replies today, sorry)
     
  2. jabberwocky

    jabberwocky MDL Member

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    #2 jabberwocky, Jan 10, 2013
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    it depends on the rest of your system specs too , often its a safe bet to set your memory to auto in bios ,as it will set itself based on other factors such as processor type etc . to give you an example ,many AMD phenom chips have a memory controller set to 1333 as its native speed ,and motherboards will often set your memory at that speed regardless of what memory speed you have fitted 1600-1866-2000 etc , regardless of this you can of course override these speeds and effectively overclock (in some cases to distruction) usually you will get a warning if you attemt non standard settings .
    set it at 1600 by all means but keep an eye on your system , you may start encountering "hangs" when using the internet or graphic reliant programs ,then you can try to switch back to 1333 and see if it cures it , but dont expect a noticeable rise in overall performance either way ,unless you are obsessed by speed and dragging every last ounce of performance out of your PC ,play the safe game . some motherboards will indeed allow ou to choose very high settings ,but will reset to safe settings during reboot anyway .
    i know a few PC users that spend all of thier time constantly searching for speed ,overclocking and changing hardware at an increased rate ,and hardly ever use thier PCs for anything constructive , just for bragging rights ,but at the end of the day weather we decide to tweek or not ,the end result must be a reliable PC .
     
  3. monsow

    monsow MDL Novice

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    Ok thanks! I will just let it stay at auto :)
     
  4. michelan

    michelan MDL Novice

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    I use in my own computer


    G.Skill Trident X Series DDR3 2400 mhz (original frequency, not OC)
    it work perfectly
    and now I don't want to change for nothing else.
     
  5. I966

    I966 MDL Junior Member

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    my laptop bus is 1066 and ram bus is 1600

    it is normal wont slow the laptop as if it was vice versa
    so dont worry

    regards