[SOLVED] Can i run a ram thats not in my Motherboard's QVL

Karadjgne

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QVL is a joke. It's a Qualified Vendor List, not a qualified Ram list.

There's only a dozen or so actual ram OEMs, the largest of which are SkHynix, Micron, Samsung. The OEMs supply the ram chips, stick other people heatsink/paint job on them. So if you see the blue heatsink gskill 3200MHz on QVL, tested in 4pack kit, it's the same ram as the red or black heatsink 2pack kit that's not on the list. It's also the same ram as in Patriot, crucial, Kingston, Corsair, etc that's not on the list.

There's closer to 5000 different combinations of gskill Trident-Z alone, most are not on the list, figure there's that many in other lines, like aries, RipJaws, etc. If you add up all the individual serial codes from all the Vendors, you'd have a QVL listing millions of tests deep, taking thousands of man hours per motherboard, multiply that by the amount of motherboards needing to be tested, amount of vendors making motherboards and the number is staggering as to how much wasted time, money, effort would go into the whole thing.

So vendors test a few sticks, from the more popular vendors, at several different speeds. And call it a QVL. Chances are extremely high that any ram you use, is on the list, just tested under another brand or speed or model.
 
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Karadjgne

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QVL is a joke. It's a Qualified Vendor List, not a qualified Ram list.

There's only a dozen or so actual ram OEMs, the largest of which are SkHynix, Micron, Samsung. The OEMs supply the ram chips, stick other people heatsink/paint job on them. So if you see the blue heatsink gskill 3200MHz on QVL, tested in 4pack kit, it's the same ram as the red or black heatsink 2pack kit that's not on the list. It's also the same ram as in Patriot, crucial, Kingston, Corsair, etc that's not on the list.

There's closer to 5000 different combinations of gskill Trident-Z alone, most are not on the list, figure there's that many in other lines, like aries, RipJaws, etc. If you add up all the individual serial codes from all the Vendors, you'd have a QVL listing millions of tests deep, taking thousands of man hours per motherboard, multiply that by the amount of motherboards needing to be tested, amount of vendors making motherboards and the number is staggering as to how much wasted time, money, effort would go into the whole thing.

So vendors test a few sticks, from the more popular vendors, at several different speeds. And call it a QVL. Chances are extremely high that any ram you use, is on the list, just tested under another brand or speed or model.
 
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QVL is a joke. It's a Qualified Vendor List, not a qualified Ram list.

There's only a dozen or so actual ram OEMs, the largest of which are SkHynix, Micron, Samsung. The OEMs supply the ram chips, stick other people heatsink/paint job on them. So if you see the blue heatsink gskill 3200MHz on QVL, tested in 4pack kit, it's the same ram as the red or black heatsink 2pack kit that's not on the list. It's also the same ram as in Patriot, crucial, Kingston, Corsair, etc that's not on the list.

There's closer to 5000 different combinations of gskill Trident-Z alone, most are not on the list, figure there's that many in other lines, like aries, RipJaws, etc. If you add up all the individual serial codes from all the Vendors, you'd have a QVL listing millions of tests deep, taking thousands of man hours per motherboard, multiply that by the amount of motherboards needing to be tested, amount of vendors making motherboards and the number is staggering as to how much wasted time, money, effort would go into the whole thing.

So vendors test a few sticks, from the more popular vendors, at several different speeds. And call it a QVL. Chances are extremely high that any ram you use, is on the list, just tested under another brand or speed or model.
Okay thank yo SO much!
Can i ask you a favour? Please text me when you see this. Ok?
 

King_V

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Some RAM makers (Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, etc) have a RAM configurator on their site that allows you to look up compatible RAM by motherboard brand and model. That can generally be relied on, and gives you more options than the motherboard's QVL lists.
 
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