Solved Will DDR2 ram work in my new motherboard

January 3, 2014 at 14:21:41
Specs: Windows 7

I am currently building a computer and have hit a point where I have all of the parts apart from the ram,which is not due for several months. I was wondering if I could use my old ddr2 ram temporarily until my new ddr3 ram arrives.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75-D3V Intel B75 Socket 1155 Motherboard


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January 3, 2014 at 14:25:32
Seems like it does...

shows the specs for your board; and all manner of other info there too...

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January 3, 2014 at 15:04:05
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There is nothing in those specs that say anything about DDR2 RAM and I am not surprised as the voltage requisitions for DDR2 and DDR3 are different. They each have a differnt notch configuration to prevent you from putting the wrong type in the socket socket,

Motherboards that are compatible with both DDR2 and DDR3 will have different sockets for each type,


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January 3, 2014 at 16:24:05
Yes you're correct Stuart... Either I misread it or possibly typed ddr3 and not ddr2 when I did the google trawl for the board.

Apologies to Pembo95...

Hopefully Pemboy95 will read your post and pick up my correction and apology too

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January 3, 2014 at 16:30:33
That's no problem, I was just wondering if I should buy a smaller ddr3 card just to set up and running.

Would have been simpler if amazon didn't put a 3 month wait on my cards :/

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January 3, 2014 at 16:37:57
Have you tried

For many of us they're our first port of call...

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January 4, 2014 at 06:45:16
Are you in the US? Why are you buying from Amazon?

I'm also curious about the motherboard choice as it's considered a business-oriented board.

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January 4, 2014 at 07:33:32
I am from the UK, I bought it from amazon because it was £46 for 12gb ram and I thought that it was a good deal until I had bought it and found the 3 month wait to be dispatched.

The motherboard was one that was recommended to me, the ones above look slightly different to mine, the link below is where I bought it from:

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January 4, 2014 at 08:35:29
mmm That would seem to be a "very" good price; compared to what Crucial are asking…; at least in the UK... Possibly the USA prices would be little less - as likely there is the usual almost 50% mark-up over here (change $ sign to £ routine so much loved by quite a few outfits…)

Are you sure the source is selling "good quality RAM" and actually will stand by i t- decent warranty?

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January 4, 2014 at 08:44:19
The seller is actually amazon themselves (see link below). I know that the performance will not be as good as other more expensive ones, but the quantity should make up for the loss of quality.

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January 4, 2014 at 09:09:41
Looks like it is Crucial kit - badged as such - and so will (ought to) be OK.

I've never heard anything but good about what comes from Crucial; and my own experience has always been positive and so on.

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January 5, 2014 at 09:33:29
There are two versions of the MBoard in question. The link trvlr posted is for the mATX version. Not what is stated by the OP.

The link you posted is for a triple channel kit. Your motherboard uses dual channel. You need to cancel that order ASAP.

At any rate, you should buy RAM that runs at 1.5v, as the board calls for, not 1.35.

Also, if you actually read the home page for your RAM link it clearly states the RAM is being supplied by third party vendors. None of them appear to be even close to the quoted Amazon price, not that it matters because you don't need a 3 module RAM kit.

Post what CPU you intend to use on that board to determine what RAM you should buy.

Quantity of RAM only comes into play IF the additional RAM is needed. Most times that isn't the case. Using RAM that is the correct speed for your motherboard/ CPU is much more important. Then the other specs come into play as well.

See the link below for MBoard specs.

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