Oace
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Dell XPS 8300 Adding DDR3 1600 Memory

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I have the original 8GB memory (four 2-GB DDR3 1333 MHz DIMMS).  I want to upgrade to 16GB with four 4-GB DIMMS. If I upgrade to 16GB (four 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMS), would I benefit from the higher speed of the 1600 Mhz DIMMs?  Otherwise, I would go with cheaper 1333 Mhz DIMMS.  I am afraid the motherboard may be a limiting factor if go beyond 1333 MHz. Is there a way to find the speed of the motherboard? 

Thanks,

Ace

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ejn63
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Re: Dell XPS 8300 Adding DDR3 1600 Memory

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The added memory speed won't be used.  This generation of CPUs can run memory at either 1066 MHz or 1333 MHz - none of the CPUs this system supports is capable of running RAM at 1600 MHz.

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ejn63
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Re: Dell XPS 8300 Adding DDR3 1600 Memory

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The added memory speed won't be used.  This generation of CPUs can run memory at either 1066 MHz or 1333 MHz - none of the CPUs this system supports is capable of running RAM at 1600 MHz.

Oace
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Re: Dell XPS 8300 Adding DDR3 1600 Memory

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Thanks for the quick reply!  I'll buy the 8GB upgrade kit with 2 4GB 1333 MHz dimms.  

Does it matter to get high-density ram vs low density?

Thanks,

Ace

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ejn63
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Re: Dell XPS 8300 Adding DDR3 1600 Memory

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Probably not on a system this recent, but if you want a compatibility guarantee -- crucial.com is a good choice.  Either that, or ask your seller about a compatibility guarantee.

 

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