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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    No. It's to provide a set list of RAM that's tested - at the time the motherboard is released - as definitely working. It's not updated or retested when different RAM models come out, so if something isn't on the list it doesn't mean it's not compatible at all, just it wasn't tested. It's for system builders/reviews who are taking the motherboard when it's newly released.

    If you have newer RAM head to the RAM manufacturer - they'll have more recent tested lists.

    I'm surprised to hear that QVLs are not updated. Definitely something I will keep in mind when next shopping for components, but the question then is which is a better strategy when choosing a mobo - A/ Buy a mobo soon after release (Advantage: you can trust the QVL Disadvantage: lack of mobo reviews so you don't know if the board is crap or not + early BIOS revisions are likely to be buggy) OR B/ buy later and the situation (advantages/disadvantages) is reversed?

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    Re: DDR4 Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyScape View Post
    I'm surprised to hear that QVLs are not updated. Definitely something I will keep in mind when next shopping for components, but the question then is which is a better strategy when choosing a mobo - A/ Buy a mobo soon after release (Advantage: you can trust the QVL Disadvantage: lack of mobo reviews so you don't know if the board is crap or not + early BIOS revisions are likely to be buggy) OR B/ buy later and the situation (advantages/disadvantages) is reversed?
    Asus are very bad, they release a new BIOS that stops RAM working at the XMP profile they QVL'd and then have the balls to tell you that you need to start messing with settings to get it to work.
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    Re: DDR4 Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyScape View Post
    I'm surprised to hear that QVLs are not updated. Definitely something I will keep in mind when next shopping for components, but the question then is which is a better strategy when choosing a mobo - A/ Buy a mobo soon after release (Advantage: you can trust the QVL Disadvantage: lack of mobo reviews so you don't know if the board is crap or not + early BIOS revisions are likely to be buggy) OR B/ buy later and the situation (advantages/disadvantages) is reversed?
    c) Don't use QVLs. They're not designed for consumers like us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0 View Post
    Asus are very bad, they release a new BIOS that stops RAM working at the XMP profile the QVL'd and then have the balls to tell you that you need to start messing with settings to get it to work.
    Glad to say I have not bought a board from them recently. Asrock, and more recently MSI are the brands that will be going into the builds I have lined up. It's refreshing to hear something bad about Asus - all I've been hearing is how good they are, and I was starting to think I might have missed a trick going for Asrock/MSI instead.

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    Re: DDR4 Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    c) Don't use QVLs. They're not designed for consumers like us.
    Care to elaborate? I mean, if I buy a mobo that has not been out for very long, what harm does it do to choose components using QVLs?

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    Re: DDR4 Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyScape View Post
    Care to elaborate? I mean, if I buy a mobo that has not been out for very long, what harm does it do to choose components using QVLs?
    If you're buying a recently released motherboard then by all means use the QVL, but they're really for companies selling pre-built systems.

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    Glad to say I have not bought a board from them recently. Asrock, and more recently MSI are the brands that will be going into the builds I have lined up. It's refreshing to hear something bad about Asus - all I've been hearing is how good they are, and I was starting to think I might have missed a trick going for Asrock/MSI instead.
    No, I have had a hell of a time being a former asus fan, it has now got to the point where I had to mod my own BIOS to install a up to date oRom for the raid drivers as they basically don't want to put in the time. Also UK support know bugger all so it takes a week to fire an answer back and forth after they consult the real support.

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    Re: DDR4 Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    If you're buying a recently released motherboard then by all means use the QVL, but they're really for companies selling pre-built systems.
    Thanks for explaining, and for the advice.

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    You didn't really say what you'd be using the rig for? If it's for gaming, there's no point in getting a higher speed ram as it will minimally effect performance 0.5-2 FPS. I'd just get the corsair LPX 2666 which is really well priced right now and has gotten spectacular reviews.

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    32GB (4x8GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX PC4-21300 (2666) UP

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