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First time building an Intel rig (Maybe)

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ekoh

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So I'm thinking of moving over to an i5 7600k w/ the Asus Rog Strix board. It says it supports up to DDR4 2133 right off the bat, but all the way up to DDR4 4000 (O.C.). So, if I was to buy say a 2x8 set of DDR4 3200, or 4000 or in between - will I need to do anything special to get it to run at it's advertised speed? Will it downclock. I know intel has some XMP stuff which is confusing the hell out of me.

Any advice or recommendations?

Thanks!
 

EarthDog

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You will just enable xmp. It couldn't be any less confusing or easier than that!

I would get ddr4 3200 cl15 and not any faster. ;)
 
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ekoh

ekoh

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Man I been around here for a while and you've always given good simple advice. Thank you for the information!

I've heard 3200 is the sweet spot on intel, not sure if I understood why. Is anything above it a waste?
 

EarthDog

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Past 3200 Mhz, the price goes up quite a bit but performance really doesn't. Memory is typically not a bottle neck.
 

Witchdoctor

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Yea 3200 is rocking and if not up to speed with overclocking Intel Asus has a ridiculously easy auto overclocking feature.