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domyue

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Hi guys,

I've got the following RAM units installed at present:

slot1: PC2100 (256mb)
slot2: PC2300 (256mb)


My motherboard (MSI MS-6567 645E MAX2) can support 64-bit high performance DDR333/DDR266 memory.

My question is whether I can buy 2 X PC3200 RAM (2 X 512mb) and the system will bootup and run fine? Basically, I understand the max mem the mobo can utilise is DDR333...if I place a DDR400 in, will it automatically detect this change and make it work perfectly at the max that it can handle (which is DDR333), without getting confused that DDR400 is "not supported"??

Thanks for reading this!!
DoM
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Neil Jones

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According to Crucial.com you can put DDR400 memory in that board but it will only run at DDR333 speeds.

This motherboard supports a maximum of 3GB of memory when using PC2100 or slower memory. When using PC2700 or faster the motherboard only supports two modules at that speed for a maximum of 2GB. If 3 PC2700 parts are installed, they operate at PC2100 speeds.
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So i CAN actually stick in DDR400, just that it'll run at DDR333. Have you ever used RAM rated above mobo specs? Does it run ok whenever someone does this?
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The faster stuff automatically underclocks itself where applicable. It only runs at DDR400 when its able to, otherwise there wouldn't be any point as nothing else would be able to keep up.

http://www.msi.com.t...tail.php?UID=79
is a link to your board.

Because of the limitations of the chipset design on this board, nothing you can do will get it to run at DDR400 speeds - DDR333 is the fastest it it can run.

But having said that, if you have the DDR400 memory now, you can transfer it later into another system as and when you decide to replace that board and the new system will be capable of DDR400 speeds.
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I guess that closes this topic! Thanks a lot!
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