DDR3 boards and DDR5 cards

By Lestadt ยท 5 replies
Feb 2, 2013
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  1. I was recently thinking about upgrading my graphics card from my GTX 460 to something like a 650 and went to Microcenter.com to check out the products available. I found that their are minimal amount of choices for video cards as mainly everything they had was DDR5. So I started looking at motherboards and found that all of the ones I saw were DDR3 boards. Can you use a DDR5 card in a DDR3 board? I'm still a newbie to building pc's all help is appreciated.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Yes. The type of RAM used in a graphics card is independent of the type of RAM the motherboard uses.
  3. Lestadt

    Lestadt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    GPU's use GDDR memory. :) It sits on the actual card and so doesn't require any different slots on the motherboard.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Add-in cards are only dependent on the card slot specifications. I've never seen a card that was dependent on other system hardware specification.
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    While not exactly the same thing you're talking about, I'm gonna mention it to avoid confusion: you need to make sure PSU can support a high-end GPU! :)
    cliffordcooley likes this.

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