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Motherboard is an ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer http://www.asrock.co...l1ty Z87 Killer
Memory Support List is http://www.asrock.co...l1ty Z87 Killer

My question is this; is the Memory Support List absolute, meaning absolutely no straying from the RAM listed on the list? I initially found this deal on RAM http://www.newegg.co...-_-20231428-L0D and thought it would be fine for my MB. I found this deal prior to looking at the Memory Support List for the MB. The RAM is not listed there. Should I avoid it, or might it be compatible despite not being on the MSL?
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Edited by Webslinger64, 01 November 2013 - 09:27 AM.

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The list is not absolute but there may be problems if you use double sided modules as opposed to single sided and then again that's not absolute either. It's a good idea to use the recommended modules just for the sake of compatibility.

Then looking at your choice it's a very popular modules and most likely it is compatible. Corsair Vengeance is another popular modules.

Edited by Brazened, 01 November 2013 - 04:13 PM.

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My question is this; is the Memory Support List absolute...

No the list contains the configurations and Brands tested by the manufacture, the objective is to help users choosing and of course avoid problems by using already tested modules. Other modules not listed can work but "you will be the first to test"...
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The list is not absolute but there may be problems if you use double sided modules as opposed to single sided and then again that's not absolute either. It's a good idea to use the recommended modules just for the sake of compatibility.

Then looking at your choice it's a very popular modules and most likely it is compatible. Corsair Vengeance is another popular modules.


Thanks for the reply. I agree and will research recommended modules.
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My question is this; is the Memory Support List absolute...

Other modules not listed can work but "you will be the first to test"...


Good point, thanks!
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Gday.
The Ripjaw modules are 40mm in height, If you are contemplating using after market cooling at sometime in the future, this can interfere with installation/orintation of the heat-sink assemble but not as bad as some Corsair modules. I always recommend low profile sticks to avoid this.
This page may be useful to you. > http://www.gskill.com/en/faq/Memory
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Gday.
The Ripjaw modules are 40mm in height, If you are contemplating using after market cooling at sometime in the future, this can interfere with installation/orintation of the heat-sink assemble but not as bad as some Corsair modules. I always recommend low profile sticks to avoid this.
This page may be useful to you. > http://www.gskill.com/en/faq/Memory


I've been reading many reviews about RAM and I got the same impression about low profile sticks. I don't plan on using any after market cooling, unless the stock fan and heatsink are inadequate for the CPU I'm ordering. I will not be overclocking or adding multiple GPUs either.
I do have a question about RAM that is compatible with my MB. I posted earlier in this thread about the Memory Support List http://www.asrock.co...l1ty Z87 Killer for my MB http://www.asrock.co...l1ty Z87 Killer and concluded that the MSL is not absolute based on replies, but indicates which RAM has been tested and working for my MB.
As I've been shopping around for RAM listed on the MSL, I'm finding some conflicting information about compatibility. As an example; This RAM http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231461 is found on my MB's MSL, but on Newegg's website under specs I read the following, "...Compatible with Intel LGA1155 systems Intel XMP support for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors..." That's confusing. Does that description mean the RAM is ONLY compatible with an LGA 1155 MB and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen CPUs, or is it actually saying the RAM is ALSO compatible with that hardware? My MB is LGA 1150 and CPU is 4th Gen Haswell.
I became a Corsair fan with my last build. However, the Corsair RAM on the MSL for my new build are few and expensive. I am considering GSkill as there are more options for that brand on the MSL and I've read good reviews about GSkill recently. However, I'm finding that some of the GSkill model numbers on the MSL are discontinued, or hard to find. I'm also finding that there is a lot of GSkill RAM at good prices that I believe should work with my MB, but are not mentioned on the MSL. Their model numbers are 1 letter or 1 number off those listed. Here are some examples:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231546
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231445
Based on the MB technical specs, I believe these should work fine, but they are not on the ASRock MSL list. So in essence, I would be the first to test these modules on my MB (as mentioned in an earlier post by SleepyDude). So is this common practice when building/upgrading or something ill-advisable?
Lastly, I would prefer to buy RAM that is low wattage and faster timing/latency, such as here:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231461
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231479
Opinions or recommendations of the RAM I've mentioned are appreciated.
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"...Compatible with Intel LGA1155 systems Intel XMP support for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors..." That's confusing. Does that description mean the RAM is ONLY compatible with an LGA 1155 MB and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen CPUs, or is it actually saying the RAM is ALSO compatible with that hardware?

I see, At the time of publication, (4th generation not tested) IS compatible. It's just marketing speak, hopefully persuading people that they MUST have that RAM.
Unless using benchmarking software, For us normal mortals, on the desktop, including high end gamers, providing you stay within the default CPU specs, you should not have a problem.
Unless you intend to overclock the RAM, there is no call for low voltage RAM.
I usually spec G.skill Aires, no come backs, so far, except where there has been defective sticks and this can happen with any brand.
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"...Compatible with Intel LGA1155 systems Intel XMP support for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors..." That's confusing. Does that description mean the RAM is ONLY compatible with an LGA 1155 MB and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen CPUs, or is it actually saying the RAM is ALSO compatible with that hardware?

I see, At the time of publication, (4th generation not tested) IS compatible. It's just marketing speak, hopefully persuading people that they MUST have that RAM.
Unless using benchmarking software, For us normal mortals, on the desktop, including high end gamers, providing you stay within the default CPU specs, you should not have a problem.
Unless you intend to overclock the RAM, there is no call for low voltage RAM.
I usually spec G.skill Aires, no come backs, so far, except where there has been defective sticks and this can happen with any brand.


I appreciate the clarification and expertise! :thumbsup:
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