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Solved: Mixing Ram brand/type: Quick advice needed

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I'm getting mixed opinions online about mixing RAM brand and/or type.

I currently have Kingston XMP 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9. I want to add Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz CL10 DIMMs.

Would you foresee any problems? From what I understand, the newer RAM may only run at 1600 MHz, but will it otherwise be alright?


EDIT: If it does bottleneck my higher speed RAM, would it be better to go with the cheaper Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL10 DIMM (HX316C10F/8)? The problem there is that it is only a single stick - would that conflict with having the 2x4BG?
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Since your computer is currently running DDR3 PC3-12800(1600 MHz) modules, it would be safer to stick with that speed when installing additional modules.

You haven't described your motherboard, so we don't know if it supports 8 GB modules.

Thanks for the quick reply!

I have an MSI Z87-G45 GAMING INTEL Z87 LGA 1150 ATX MOBO. Newish board, pretty sure it can handle 8GB sticks.

So, no issue with combining 2x4GB with 1x8GB?
MSI Z87-G45 GAMING motherboard

It has 4 DIMM slots and supports a maximum of 32 GB(8 GB X 4) of RAM.

It supports DDR3-1066 MHz or DDR3-1333 MHz or DDR3-1600 MHz modules.

Personally, I would add 2 more 4 GB DDR3-1600 MHz modules to the 2 existing ones.

I don't really know if there'll be an issue with adding a single 8 GB module.

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