Question P67 Fatal1ty Professional + 16 GB DDR3 Memory

Dec 13, 2022

First of all, I apologize for being a non English native speaker.

I want to use the old motherboard P67 Fatal1ty Professional B3 for building a PC as a light photo editing and light gaming machine as well as for VM.

The available hardware that I am having now:

・CPU: Intel i7 2600

・Motherboard: Asrock P67 Fatal1ty Professional B3

・Memory: Kingston DDR3 HX316C10F/8 (2x8 GB)

I bought the memory just recently after I return home from work today. There is one problem with the memory. I can use an old Kingston DDR3 4 GB memory, but it seems like I cannot boot with the new Kingston memory I just bought recently. I have tried with only one memory module and the motherboard was still unable to boot. Asrock manual recommends 8 GB memory with 16 cells, however the new Kingston memory module cannot be detected or used to boot the system. Upon investigating the matter, it seems it may have something to do with the BIOS which may not support the new Kingston memory module. Currently it is BIOS 2.00, and from Asrock site there are three new beta BIOSes and one new stable BIOS.

I have a few questions regarding the matter of BIOS update:

1. Will it be safe to update the BIOS from 2.00 to L3.21A, the latest beta version, if the CPU used with the motherboard is i7 2600? Will the new BIOS version be compatible with i7 2600?

2. Will the Kingston memory module (HX316C10F/8) be detected and usable after the BIOS is updated to L3.21A?

3. (Optional) Under the condition that L3.21A is compatible with i7 2600 and HX316C10F/8 memory, will I be able to use 32 GB (4x8 GB) of the same memory for the PC?

I have a plan to use more than 16 GB of memory. Actually it will be 32 GB of memory, under the condition that I can use these new memory modules with the P67 Fatal1ty Professional B3 motherboard.

And I have no intention to overclock the PC or system.

I want to be very careful with everything because if I make a mistake, I may not be able to build the PC because I may damage the hardware and I do not have any other spare CPU and motherboard now. And in case of the mistake regarding updating BIOS, replacing the motherboard may be impossible, considering the motherboard itself has already reached end of life support.

If it is not too much to ask, would anyone with the same motherboard, CPU and memory mind to share their experience and expertise regarding the matter of updating and using these hardware, even if you are not using it for photography?

Thank you very much in advance for any help or assistance you can provide to me.

And once again, I apologize for not being able to speak fluent English.
Dec 13, 2022
What OS are you using?

That machine is going to struggle to do anything you're thinking about doing.

Thank you very much for the reply.

Regarding the OS, it's Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 10 Pro.

The machine is not for heavy photography editing, only for light editing. I have tested the CPU and the motherboard along with 8 GB (2x4) of memory and GTX 970 for light photography editing and I like it. It will not be in the same level of performance as Apple M1 Max, but nevertheless it is still quite good, considering the age of the hardware. I even managed to play Elden Ring with the machine, despite only having 8 GB of memory.