Question Is it bad to have memory with speeds that exceed the memory speeds recommended by your motherboard?

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I'm building a gaming PC, and I want to get 3600 speed RAM. However, most motherboards I can find only support memory speeds of up to 3466. If I was to use 3600 memory on mobo's that don't support it, would be bad for my PC?
 

bioax

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It wouldn't be bad for your pc, but more of a waste of money. That is because it will just run at the highest speed your motherboard can support, in your case 3466 mhz.
 
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It wouldn't be bad for your pc, but more of a waste of money. That is because it will just run at the highest speed your motherboard can support, in your case 3466 mhz.
Ok that's what I thought thx. Do you think 3200 mhz on a ryzen 5 3600 is good enough, or would 3600 speeds help me out a good amount?
 

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Ok that's what I thought thx. Do you think 3200 mhz on a ryzen 5 3600 is good enough, or would 3600 speeds help me out a good amount?
3600 is the recommended sweet spot for Ryzen 3000 processors. I would go for a motherboard that supported that speed (there are lots) and choose memory of that speed.
 
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3600 is the recommended sweet spot for Ryzen 3000 processors. I would go for a motherboard that supported that speed (there are lots) and choose memory of that speed.
That's what I figured, as I've heard Ryzen likes fast memory. I'm gonna use the B450 Tomahawk Max which supports 4133 mhz ram. Don't need that much, but it's a really solid board for the price.
 
many motherboards claim to support up through 4200, 4600 MHz RAM, etc...

Ryzen 3000 CPUs do support up through 3600 MHz 'optimally'...but run fine on 3200 MHz RAM; certainly it does not hurt running faster RAM at lower speeds, and the converse is sometimes possible, but, not all RAM will overclock and/or be stable at fast/tight timings.
 

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