Motherboard/RAM compatibility question

By ChrisTL
Mar 22, 2008
  1. I am looking to upgrade my motherboard... will a MB with 1066 memory standard support my DDR2 800 so long as it is a DDR2 board?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,240   +92

    Yes, it will work fine. I assume you're looking at Newegg's product specifications?
  3. ChrisTL

    ChrisTL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Indeed. I'm a pretty loyal customer of Newegg; seems there are many.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,865   +1,523

    Applying the Brakes.....

    The mobo should automatically operate the memory at it's (the memory's) rated speed. The only issue that could (but normally doesn't) arise, is the memory's operating voltage. DDR2 standard voltage is 1.8, some brands of RAM deviate from this. High performance (overclockable) RAM sometimes requires a higher voltage.

    A rule of thumb is you can usually use a slower part than the motherboards operating frequency but not a faster one. For instance a mobo with a 1333Mhz FSB will permit you to use a CPU with a 1333, 1066, or even an 800Mhz FSB. But, you couldn't use a 1333Mhz FSB CPU in a mobo with only a 1066 0r 800Mhz FSB.
  5. ChrisTL

    ChrisTL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the information guys!
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