Question Can I get faster than 2400 Mhz with i3 9100F?

Jun 18, 2019
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Regarding the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15) - I'm looking to use this memory along with the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wifi motherboard. This memory is listed in the board's Qualified Vendor List (QVL) as supported.

I know that the i3 9100F has some limitations on memory speed. If I use this memory and motherboard with the i3 9100F, and choose the XMP profile in the BIOS, will the memory still be down-clocked to 2400Mhz, or will it still run at 3000Mhz, or maybe something in between? If it will be down-clocked to 2400Mhz I might as well buy the 2400Mhz itself which is a bit cheaper.

For reference this memory is here: https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-3000MHz-Desktop-Memory/dp/B0134EW7G8

Please let me know. Thank you.
 
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Jun 18, 2019
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It will run at 3000mhz as that is what the motherboard support.
Thank you. I've read that in some situations the higher speed memory is a waste if the CPU cannot support that speed. I already read that the i3 chip is limited to 2400Mhz. So you are saying that despite that it'll still work at 3000Mhz? In what situation then can a CPU become the limiting factor?
 

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Thank you. I've read that in some situations the higher speed memory is a waste if the CPU cannot support that speed. I already read that the i3 chip is limited to 2400Mhz. So you are saying that despite that it'll still work at 3000Mhz? In what situation then can a CPU become the limiting factor?
The speeds are determined by the motherboard, as for the memory impacting the CPU I would think that would be anything under the recommended speed for the CPU but I doubt it would even be noticeable at least for Intel. With Intel, for example, going from 2133 to 3200 at the most may be like a 5 FPS difference. AMD Ryzen on the other hand could be over 20 FPS difference.
 
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RT, did you end up setting up the i3 with the vengeance? I am looking to set up the 9100f chip with GIGABYTE GA-B365M-D3H LGA 1151 and the Vengeance 2x8gb kit same as yours, with plans down the road to up the chip to a 9th gen i5 or i7 in a couple years.

Hoping it all worked well for you!
 

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