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Post Date: 2021-11-27

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    Posted: 27 Nov 2021 at 5:10am
Been playing with the config's available. I like to upgrade to a Z690 with DDR5 slots but want to add DDR4 memory. Wait out the high prices for DDR5.

The config-urator wont allow you to check out if I do this. I thought DDR4 would work in a DDR5 slot?

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  Quote MrCheetah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Nov 2021 at 7:51am
Jay (of JayzTwoCents) thought that as well. However, when he finally got around to handling and trying all of the new gen. stuff, he realized a motherboard would need to have two distinct slots (two/four for DDR4, two/four for DDR5).

The new Intel 12900k is here!!!! | JayzTwoCents (YouTube)
(At 10:10 he shows a DDR4 stick sitting in a DDR5 slot.)

Basically, unfortunately, you'll need to pick one or the other.

If you haven't seen it yet, maybe this will help:

DDR5 vs. DDR4 Benchmarks on Intel i9-12900K (Alder Lake Memory Comparison) | Gamers Nexus (YouTube)


P.S. RAM modules with the same number of connector (pins) have always had the notch moved to prevent installing the wrong type.

Edited by MrCheetah - 27 Nov 2021 at 8:00am
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  Quote Threetall Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Nov 2021 at 6:10am
perfect response thank you.
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