9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 25, 2015 1:06 PM by Ronny96

    Question about 1st generation i3-i5-i7 processors and memory compatibility



      I have this system since Feb,2010:
      CPU: i3-530 @ 2.93GHz (LGA1156 socket)

      motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3 (ver1.0)

      Memory: CORSAIR 2x2 GB TW3X4G1333C9A (XMS3, 1333MHz, 2x2 GB, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V, ver2.2)


      Lately, I decided to upgrade my memory. Motherboard has 4 sockets and its manual says that it supports memory up to 16 GB, 4GB per socket.

      i3 530 supports memory up to 16GB.

      So, I decided to buy 2 more modules of 4GB each and have a total of 12 GB memory.

      I bought 2 single modules of CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 (XMS3, 1333MHz, 2x2 GB, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V, ver7.21). Although they are compatible with the motherboard, they did not work.

      CORSAIR informed me that the problem is incompatibility of 1st generation i3 processors with modules over 2GB.

      This is what they told me:  "The first generation i3 processors can only utilize memory modules using up to 2Gb IC".

      I wanted to ask you if this is a problem with all 1st generation processors (i3, i5, i7) as I saw somewhere else. And if so, why there is no such information for customers.