Up until recently I always thought memory compatibility was completely dependent on the motherboard and the processor didn't make a difference when it came to memory compatibility. However, I was reading that the Sandy Bridge line of Intel Core processors "support up to DDR3-1333 memory". So, my question is what if I use a Sandy Bridge processor with DDR3-1600 memory? Will the system simply not work, run at DDR3-1333 speeds, or will it run at DDR3-1600 speeds?
More specifically, this is the board, memory and processor I was looking at:
- ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
- Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Both the processor and the memory are listed on the motherboard's CPU and memory support list.