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Will the wrong memory damage my system?


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JP in LA

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Hello,

For my recent build, my personal machine, I spec'd a motherboard that requires DDR3 1333 memory[1], but somehow I managed to purchase DDR3 1866[2] instead. The computer seems to be running fine, but would it be more efficient if I'd installed the correct RAM? Is there a danger of eventual damage or system failure by continuing to use the DDR3 1866?

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Jerome

[1] http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130569
[2] http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231455
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It'll be fine.
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And it will be fine because RAM is designed run fine at lower speeds when needed. As long as the memory controller is compatible, and it would not run if not, then all is fine. In fact, look at this way - your RAM is coasting a bit and therefore will likely run cooler than 1333 RAM. And as noted in my sig, heat is the bane of all electronics so this is a good thing.

The only inefficiencies would be with your money at the time of purchase, and I suspect the difference, if any, is insignificant when considered in the cost of the whole system.
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Thank you for the explanation. :)
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