- August 8, 2015 at 9:53 am #71071Lil’ ½ DeadMember
Although Intel Corp.’s latest “Skylake” microprocessors officially support only DDR4 and DDR3L memory technologies, Asustek Computer claims that its Intel Z170-based motherboards with 240-pin DIMM slots will work with standard DDR3 memory modules with industry-standard voltages.
DDR4 SDRAM memory has default voltage of 1.2V, but memory modules for overclockers with increased clock-rates feature 1.35V – 1.4V voltage. By contrast, standard DDR3 modules have 1.5V voltage, while DDR3 for overclockers sports 1.65V voltage. DDR3L standard specifies low voltage of 1.35V, which means that it should work with DDR3/DDR4 controllers without overvoltage of the latter. However, it looks like Intel’s “Skylake” chips can work with high-end DDR3 modules too.
In a conversation with ComputerBase.de web-site, an Asustek representative said that the company’s Asus Z170-P D3, Z170M-E D3 that support DDR3 memory modules are fully-compatible with 1.5V and 1.65V DDR3 DIMMs. Previously it was believed that Intel’s “Skylake” processors only support DDR3L with 1.35V voltage, whereas support of industry-standard DDR3 is beyond specifications of the processor.
According to Asustek, the two DDR3-supporting LGA1151 mainboards were launched because of the price disparity between DDR3 and DDR4 in a bid to address customers in budget, who do not want to buy new memory modules or pay extra for DDR4. However, such motherboards are not really popular.August 15, 2015 at 7:46 am #88337Jpower99Participant
What about the other brands?
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