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Uses Pc2100 Memory 266 but want to upgrade to PC3200 Memory

Can I use PC 3200 memory 400 184 pins, safely with ASUSTek P4S333VM REV 1.xx Motherboard?

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  • mylobell Apr 20, 2009

    The computer, it had been used as a server, and it registered PC3200 memory.  Currently it lists it as a PC2600.  So what gives? 


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The fastest speed that the motherboard you have takes is PC2700.  BUT... if you stick that ram in with the PC2100, the speed will automatically adjust which makes it backwars compatible, so if you put that in WITH another 2100 ram, it will downgrade itself to the matching speed of 2100.  But you have to have this other ram in for it to work... Be aware, you can still upgrade to PC2700 however...  Hope this helps!

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    Omair Chughtai Apr 20, 2009

    I forgot to answer the question.  You cannot use the ram by itself, but you can use it with another slower stick of ram.  And i might be wrong, you never know, just stick the ram in and if it boots up correctly, than it worked!  No harm will be done to the motherboard as long as the pin numbers are the same! :)  

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    Omair Chughtai Apr 20, 2009

    Also, if it is a laptop, you cannot use 184 pin ram, that takes 200 pin ram, which is a much smaller chip. 

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No , you may not. According to your M B manual you may use up to 2GB of 200MHz, or 233MHz or 333MHz. Not the 400MHz.  what wil usually happen if you attempt to use the other is that the memoryt wil be too fast and the computer will hang or freeze.

http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

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