I am in process of building a new PC and decided to buy Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB due to the 3-year limited Warraty given by Intel ( I already purchased this Motherboard over 4 months ago and my intent was to buy all my Hardware / Components over Time so I could build my New PC in Jan/ 2012 )
While googling around trying to know more about this Motherboard, I found the following Memory System Issue on Intel Support Website :
Troubleshooting system memory issues >>> Compatibility with low-profile DIMMs :
Never did I think that there was any kind of Compatibility issue between Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB, that also applies to ALL Intel® Desktop Motheboards, and low-profile Memories .
After reading a great deal of positive Reviews on New Egg about Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G, I must confess that I was really inclined to pick such RAMs for my new PC Build; but, by taking into acccount the aforementioned Incompatibility Issue with low-profile Memories, I decided to ask Kingston for Support:
'' " [...] Could you please tell me if there is any compatibility issue between Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB and Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G, including low-profile ones ?
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB Memory Specs :
• Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
• Dual Channel DDR3 1333 MHz and DDR3 1066 MHz support
• Support for 1 Gb, 2 Gb, and 4 Gb memory technology
• Support for up to 32 GB of system memory with four DIMMs using 4 Gb memory technology
• Support for non-ECC memory
• Support for 1.35 V low voltage JEDEC memory
More on Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB • System Memory Features :
=> http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dz68db/sb/CS-032375.htm [...] " "
Much to my regret, they got back to me saying that Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G was Not Compatible and gave a list of supposedly compatible Modules :
The fact is the only Difference between Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G & Kingston KVR1333D3N9H/4G is the Price, the latter costs here 3 X more, and the PCB Height :
Also, Kingston KVR1333D3N9H/4G is quite impossible to find here where I live... and, unfortunately, I don´t have much leeway available before starting building my new PC.
One of these days, I happened to find an Intel ´s Stand at a Computer Shopping here and decided to ask two (2) Intel reps about such a Incompatibility Issue between Intel Motherboards & low-profile Memories.
Oh well, they both told me to forget about it as that´s not a unique and universal Truth. They assured me that I could install Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G, even the low-profile ones, on Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB that they will be fully compatible.
They took me to some Intel Resellers ( Stores ) and all of them told me that they´ve been building Machines with Intel Deskboards and low-profile Memories as that of Kingston, KVR1333D3N9/4G, without any Problem.
I can´t deny that I am all confused with with all such Infos and don´t really know what Memory to buy for my Intel DZ68DB!!!!! I was also thinking of a Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 ( 4GB ) or a G-SIKLL Value 4GB F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT as an replacement for Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G, but I still dunno if Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G is indeed compatible or not with Intel DZ68DB___ OMG!!!
As to Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 ( 4GB ), I wrote to Corsair Support asking if they know about any Incompatibility issue between this RAM and Intel DZ68DB and I´ve just received the following answer :
'' " [...] I am unaware of any compatibility issues between that ram , CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 ( 4GB ), and your motherboard, it should work fine. However if you wanted to have 8GB or 16GB total its recommended to get a matched kit instead of 2 or 4 individual modules [...] " "
Is it really necessary to install dual-channel Modules ( 2x4 GB ) instead of single-channel ones??? Unless I am mistaken Memories can be installed one at a Time, but installing matched pair of RAM ( dual-channel Choice ) is likely to boost Performance someways, isn´t it ???
Oh well, if that´s the case, I would have to think of something like a Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 ( 2x4 GB ), but they´re not cheaper here, not really!!! Therefore, if I could... if I could opt for single-channel Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 ( 2 X4 GB ) that´ll be Great for me. Is it possible or dual-channel RAM is a must-have option ?
Please, Is there a chance for you to help address this Prob and finally choose 4 GB Memories compatible with Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB??? I am kinda giving up Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G as I am starting thinking that they´re not really compatible with this Intel Motherboard, am I wrong??? Any Help will be fully appreciated ;-) Thank you very much indeed and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!!!
P.S.: I am not looking for any kind of Memory with Heat Spreaders as I will also install Thermaltake Frio on my System and am afraid of Fitting and Clearance Probs. I bought Thermaltake Frio because I was thinking of a future Overclock, and of course, I must have bought high-end Mobos like ASUS P8Z68-V Pro, Asrock Z68 EXTREME4 - (B3) etc; but, I preferred Warranty over Performance. Please, again, help me clear up all such doubts as to 4GB compatible RAMs with Intel DZ68DB, thank you lots!!!