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Thread: ASRock 960GC-GS Motherboard (can you use DDR3 RAM with an AM2+ processor)?

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    Default ASRock 960GC-GS Motherboard (can you use DDR3 RAM with an AM2+ processor)?

    Was curious about this:

    I was looking to possibly buy an ASRock 960GC-GS motherboard that is compatible (and the only such board that is such) with AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ (FX) processors. I happen to have both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM I can use with this particular board (which has slots for both) as well as a an older Phenom X4 9650 (AM2+) processor. What I need to know is can you use DDR3 RAM with an AM2+ processor or would have I have to use DDR2 RAM with that.

    Likewise, can you use DDR2 RAM with an AM3+ (FX) processor?

    I looked for answers to this on the ASRock site and could not find any on that.

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    AM2 CPUs only have a DDR2 memory controller in them, and will not work with DDR3. I'm not sure about whether an FX CPU will work with DDR2 or not.
    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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    It won't, AM3+ CPUs don't have a DDR2 controller.

    AM2/AM2+ CPUs: DDR2 only.
    AM3 CPUs: DDR2/DDR3 (not simultaneously)
    AM3+ CPUs: DDR3 only.
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