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AsRock B550 Compatible Memory

24 minutes ago, sakamoto4 said:

I currently have a Corsair 16GB kit, 3000Mhz sku CMW16GX4M2C3000C15.  Looking at some of the AsRock B550 motherboards, specifically the Steel Legend and Extreme 4, I see their Memory QVL list is incredibly small compared to other manufacturers, and my memory is not listed.  Is there any way of knowing for sure that memory will be supported other than the QVL list?  I would hate to buy a motherboard and be forced to get new memory since the motherboard cannot be returned once opened.

 

Thanks!

B550 boards are relatively new, so there simply hasn't been enough time passed to build up a remotely complete QVL. However, QVLs are never exhaustive anyways. Pretty much any 2133-3800Mhz RAM will just wrok. Things only get dicey at the high end with 4000+MHz RAM, though some older, and particularly lower quality boards might have issues with 3600 and 3800Mhz.

 

In short, if you've got a remotely decent board, and a Zen 2 chip, which you have out of the box with B550, then you're fine. Just don't get higher than 3800Mhz, which you shouldn't do anyways with Zen 2.

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I currently have a Corsair 16GB kit, 3000Mhz sku CMW16GX4M2C3000C15.  Looking at some of the AsRock B550 motherboards, specifically the Steel Legend and Extreme 4, I see their Memory QVL list is incredibly small compared to other manufacturers, and my memory is not listed.  Is there any way of knowing for sure that memory will be supported other than the QVL list?  I would hate to buy a motherboard and be forced to get new memory since the motherboard cannot be returned once opened.

 

Thanks!

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1 minute ago, sakamoto4 said:

Is there any way of knowing for sure that memory will be supported other than the QVL list?

QVL list are extremely vague as it is impossible to verify every single memory kit on every single board in existence. 99.999% of the time it will work out of the box, if it doesn’t some manual tweaking will get it to work. 


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24 minutes ago, sakamoto4 said:

I currently have a Corsair 16GB kit, 3000Mhz sku CMW16GX4M2C3000C15.  Looking at some of the AsRock B550 motherboards, specifically the Steel Legend and Extreme 4, I see their Memory QVL list is incredibly small compared to other manufacturers, and my memory is not listed.  Is there any way of knowing for sure that memory will be supported other than the QVL list?  I would hate to buy a motherboard and be forced to get new memory since the motherboard cannot be returned once opened.

 

Thanks!

B550 boards are relatively new, so there simply hasn't been enough time passed to build up a remotely complete QVL. However, QVLs are never exhaustive anyways. Pretty much any 2133-3800Mhz RAM will just wrok. Things only get dicey at the high end with 4000+MHz RAM, though some older, and particularly lower quality boards might have issues with 3600 and 3800Mhz.

 

In short, if you've got a remotely decent board, and a Zen 2 chip, which you have out of the box with B550, then you're fine. Just don't get higher than 3800Mhz, which you shouldn't do anyways with Zen 2.

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Why are you looking at Asrock boards specifically? 


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9 minutes ago, Mateyyy said:

Why are you looking at Asrock boards specifically? 

I do not have a brand preference, I just liked the look of the Extreme4 board.  From what I saw in Gamer's Nexus' best B550 motherboards video, the Steel Legend was one of the better B550 options, and the two are essentially the same board, minus the aesthetics.

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7 minutes ago, sakamoto4 said:

I do not have a brand preference, I just liked the look of the Extreme4 board.  From what I saw in Gamer's Nexus' best B550 motherboards video, the Steel Legend was one of the better B550 options, and the two are essentially the same board, minus the aesthetics.

The one cool thing about the Extreme4/SL is the POST code, and that's in fact why the Steel Legend made the list for that video. Other than that, their competitors' boards are better overall, but they're not bad or anything. The VRM on them is capable of running even a 3950X, albeit maybe with some direct airflow on the VRM heatsinks if you run an overvolted 3950X.


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Laptop: 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13" (i5-8259U | 8GB LPDDR3 | 512GB NVMe)

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