I've searched the BIOS, Google, and this communtiy without success, but I may have missed something obvious, so here's my two questions:
1. I have no experience with overclocking, but would like to know how to find the default ram latency for DH55TC and DH55HC so I can buy RAM that works with these two boards WITHOUT PAYING TOO MUCH. OK, I just hate to waste money, so I think this is a must know issue to find the best deal at Fry's or Newegg. This must be a slam dunk for the experts in this community.
2. In the event that I do have a desire or need to overclock, what is the best source of information on how to go about this (mostly for intel boards)? I would appreciate any details you want to elaborate on, or just a URL to a great website would suffice.
I'm still mystified why Intel does not provide information on default memory timinings. Is it because the cheapest stuff on the marked meets the default requirements? I also have no problem with buying overspec'ed RAM if the PRICE IS LOWER!
Thanks for any help you can provide.
I got the following from Intel support (bottom line, the processor determines CAS latency). I'm assuming the same may apply for the DH55HC and will check it's processor spec next:
Message was edited by: steve1916 Salem: Hello. Thank you for using the Intel Customer Support chat service. We are glad to be of service. How can I help you today? you: What CAS latency RAM (DDR3 1333) should I buy for motherboard DH55TC and processor i3-530? Choices are 7 and 9. There is about a $70 difference for 4 GB. I do not plan to overclock, but use the auto-detectd setup. Salem: Board and processor-wise, there's no CAS latency restriction per se; see the following URLs: Salem: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dh55tc/sb/CS-030954.htm#features Salem: and Salem: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=46472&code=Intel%C2%AE+Core%E2%84%A2+i3-530+Processor+%284M+Cache%2c+2.93+GHz%29 Salem: I do recommend using officially tested memory, though; see the following URL: Salem: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dh55tc/sb/CS-030954.htm#tested you: So, this will answer the question that if I pay more I will get higher performance and not be wasting money on CAS latency 7? Salem: Regretfully, I cannot comment on that as that's your final decision. I do further-comment, technically speaking, that the supported memory voltage the Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 Processor supports is 1.5V.; see page 11 of the datasheet: Salem: http://download.intel.com/design/processor/datashts/322909.pdf Salem: Hence, make sure your memory does comply with that. Salem: Actually, while further-checking on the aforementioned datasheet, I need to correct my statement above: Salem: Board-wise, there's no CAS latency restriction per se. Salem: Processor-wise, there is; see page 20 of the datasheet: Salem: http://download.intel.com/design/processor/datashts/322909.pdf Salem: For CAS Latency, regarding 1333MHz. modules, the timing must be either 9 or 10. Salem: Is there anything else I might be of assistance to you, today? you: Ok, I appreciaate your time and effort to provide the list of URL's for reading. I've read enough while searching to find that DDR3 is different from DDR2, but did not find what seemed to be a reliable source. Do you know if lower CAS latency RAM will default to the processor requirment? Salem: It may or may not; I'd rather recommend sticking to what page 20 of the mentioned datasheet states. you: Thanks for the information, I was not able to find much searching community, google, etc. you: Bye. Salem: Thank you for contacting Intel Technical Support Dpt. Have a nice day!