AdviceGA-M68MT-S2P - Which RAM speed for safe compatibility?Posted:

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Hi, I'm trying to help a friend upgrade his pc which has a GA-M68MT-S2P mobo (I'm not sure what rev, so I'm assuming 1.0 for best compatibility).

I'm suggesting that he replace his current Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz, with a Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz.

I'm also suggesting replacing his current 4GB of RAM, with either:
Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM - Black (HX313C9FBK2/8)
Patriot Viper 3 Series, Black Mamba, DDR3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (PV38G160C9K).

Gigabyte's website says that it will support "Dual Channel DDR3 1666+" (although in OC mode), and it seems that the 1600MHz is faster and the MB accepts it, but being unclear on the RAM numbers, I wonder if I should stay safe with the 1333MHz (especially if there wouldn't be any noticeable gain in performance between the two).

I need to buy the parts myself and then install them in one afternoon, so I'd really like to ensure that whatever I get will both work 100% and be a noticeable improvement.

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1333Mhz is the fastest RAM supported without overclocking it, so if you just want memory to work, throw some 1333MHz in there and be done with it.

If you do want to install some 1600Mhz stuff, just make sure it has the available XMP settings required to make it easier.

In theory, both will be fine.
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