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08-13-2022 08:09 PM - edited 08-13-2022 08:23 PM
Hi everyone, this is my first post here, so please bear with me.
I recently bought 2x16gb 3200 MHz ram after researching my motherboard a little, the ram that I bought has the ability to run at 3200MHz, 2933MHz (my motherboards top speed), and 2666MHz. I've recently realized that it's running at 2666MHz. After looking into it, I found out that to reach 2933MHz I have to enable XMP. From what I've seen, HP doesn't support XMP on this motherboard at all.
Is there any way to get my ram to run at 2933MHz, or am I stuck with the 2666MHz that it's currently running at and would have to just buy ram that is directly 2933MHz? If I do end up keeping the ram, and it is impossible to make it run at 2933MHz on this computer, will I notice much of a difference, particularly in gaming, by running at 2666MHz instead of 2933MHz? The CPU is an Intel i5 10400f.
08-13-2022 08:56 PM
- Dual channel memory architecture (One DIMM per channel)
- Two DDR4 UDIMM (288-pin) sockets
- Supports up to PC4-23400 (DDR4-2933)
- Supports 4 GB and 8 GB DDR4 UDIMMs
- Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit systems
note:32-bit systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
- Supports up to 32 GB (unbuffered) with two 16 GB DIMMs on 64-bit systems
You can install higher speed RAM (such as 3200MHz) but it will run at 2933MHz
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08-13-2022 11:32 PM - edited 08-13-2022 11:33 PM
The general consensus in terms of gaming performance is that you most likely would not notice much or any difference in real world gaming between 2666 MHz and 2933 MHz RAM.
What would make a difference, in my opinion, is to upgrade to an Intel i7-10700 or i7-10700F, and (you probably have done so already), making an M.2 NVMe SSD as your primary (boot) drive.
08-14-2022 04:57 PM
Thank you for the advice, I will likely be upgrading to an i7-10700f in the future, and I am using an M.2 NVMe SSD as my main drive currently.
So, in terms of gaming, I won't really notice the difference in my ram speed between 2666 and 2933MHz. Are there any cases I can run into in normal computer use or programming use where the MHz difference would be noticeable?
Thanks again for your advice.
08-14-2022 05:06 PM - edited 08-16-2022 08:33 PM
No, you will not notice much difference if at all. For most games and most computer (graphics) software applications, it is the graphics card, your processor, your drive(s) and having sufficient RAM (16GB minimum running in dual-channel mode) that really makes the difference.
For your peace of mind, let me quote a secondary professional opinion such as this one: