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Old 12-08-2013
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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.
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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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