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Will a core i3 2105 run with Gskill 1866 sniper ram?

I picked up the EVGA Z68 FTW motherboard from newegg for $60 after MIR which was a pretty good deal since I was looking for something to build after my last loss. A long story short, i had to start over from nothing after a few personal losses and I could only afford the i3 2105.

I read a few threads online about 1600mhz dropping down to 1333 to support the cpu, but will 1866 be able to clock that low, or should i consider using my extra (cheep) 2x2gb 1333 sticks i bought last year for testing?
 

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it should work :)

just follow the proper timings for 1333 MHz. they should be given on the box, or you can get it from the SPD tab on CPU-Z
 

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Will a core i3 2105 run with Gskill 1866 sniper ram?
All depends on the binning of the chip. My wife's 2120 had no issues going up to 2133 cl11/1866 cl9.
 

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he is downclocking.
 

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Thanks everyone!
Basically im curious if it will automatically drop down to 1333 (or in some cases, 1600) or if i will have posting issues beacuse of the low end cpu. *the z68 ftw says it supports 1866 without OC, i didnt know if that had anything to do with the clocking issues i might encounter.

Also, what type of overclocking options do i have on the 2105? Ive read you can only get like 200-400 mhz out of them.
 

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Don't even worry about oc, pretty much non-existent. It really does depend on the binning of the chip though, so can't tell you. What you are doing when raising ram IS overclocking it's IMC.

Who is? What would be the effectiveness of that? Wouldn't do anything, it would just hinder the chip.
 

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Also, what type of overclocking options do i have on the 2105? Ive read you can only get like 200-400 mhz out of them.
Since its not a K series chip, afaik the only overclocking you can do is via the base clock. If you are lucky you might be able to add 10-20mhz to the base clock without crashing the system though Im not quite sure how much of an OC that would give you.
 
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Since its not a K series chip, afaik the only overclocking you can do is via the base clock.
Understandable, I had a i5 2300, then upgraded to a 2500k and had a chance to play with both. The i3 i have coming is just a place holder until i can afford a 2500k or maybe a 26/2700k.

Just trying to make the best out of a shitty situation. :p
 
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The i3 is that horrible on overclocking? I never realized. I have never had a chip that I couldn't over clock atleast 20%.
 

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Really the i3 chips aren't horrid, just put to shame by the Core i5/7 chips.

@3870x2

Not necessarily the cores holding these 2nd/3rd gen Core chips back, it's the architecture behind them, hence why if you're an enthusiast they are a "dream come true". Base clock overclocking is truly very very slim to null.
 

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The i3 is that horrible on overclocking? I never realized. I have never had a chip that I couldn't over clock atleast 20%.
Chips are locked to OC, can only increase multi by 4. "K" chips are the only unlocked multi chips.
 

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Chips are locked to OC, can only increase multi by 4. "K" chips are the only unlocked multi chips.
And those chips that you can raise the multi are only the ones with Turbo.
 

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