So I am buying the ROG Strix B550-A + Ryzen 5 5600X. Which also means new RAM. But I'm stuck. I want my RAM to run at the full advertised speed for gaming, so I'll have to enable XMP. Out of safety I decided to check out the QVL and found 2 kits I liked. F4-3200C16D-16GTZN and F4-3200C16D-32GTRS. I checked out the RAM on the site from G.Skill and saw they had a QVL list too, oddly enough. Neither RAM has this board on their QVL, in fact, the entire board is not available at all on the G.Skill site in any QVL. So does this mean this board is not supported by G.Skill after all? Or is there a different reason the A board isn't on the site?
Then we get to the RAM itself, the main reason I chose these two sticks is for their looks. I'm going with a bit of an all/mostly-white build. The F4-3200C16D-16GTZN is on the QVL for the 5000 model on both Asus and AMD site. But people told me to get 32GB instead, which is fine. The -RS RAM is available for a good price here and is originally the RAM I wanted to put in. But it's not in the QVL on ASUS. However, it IS on the QVL if I select 3000, 4000, and 5000G. The 5000G got me confused, I know the G has integrated graphics but I looked at the specs of the 5600G vs 5600X and they're almost identical. The biggest difference being the -X version having 32 L3 cache instead of 16, and being codenamed Vermeer. Yet supposedly it wouldn't be compatible with the -RS? Now when I looked at AMD for supported the -RS isn't mentioned at all, despite being compatible with 3000 and 4000 according to ASUS themselves.
All in all, I'm really confused on what to believe. For safety, my gut tells me to stick with 16GB of RAM that is on both AMD and ASUS QVL, yet the 32 is exactly the RAM I originally wanted (Mainly for looks), yet only on the QVL for the 5000G and not the normal 5000. People do tell me to ignore the QVL, but I never overclocked before. My current and first build is running 2400MHz right out of the box, so I never had to overclock. And since it was my first build I made in college I also never paid attention to what fits or not, but mainly to keep it as cheap yet powerful as possible. With the help of some friends. But with this new build I will have to overclock, I have a tiny bit more money to spend so I'm looking a bit more into the specifics (even though I don't really understand it all). A lot of people have said non-QVL RAM can cause crashes, BSOD's and bootloops. Others say to just ignore the QVL. And I don't want to accidentally ruin the new PC straight out of the box. So what am I supposed to do? Am I to believe the QVL, even if the board isn't on the G.Skill site at all nor that kit on the AMD QVL. Am I supposed to play it safe and get the 16 which is on both QVL's? Or should I really not care and just get the -RS Version and I'm worrying over nothing? I mean, I don't know if something else could cause crashes if enabling XMP. I never overclocked anything, I just pick parts and assemble and leave everything as is.
If anyone has any answers, or even have experience themselves combining this mobo and CPU with non-QVL RAM, that'd be great and thanks in advance.
1. XMP/DOCP/EXPO constitutes as overclocking - the memory bus is being ran out of specification as are associated voltage rails, hence why vendors cannot guarantee success. The purpose of the QVL is to make sure users have the best possible chance.
2. Validation takes time so it’s not uncommon for some kits not to be present on either mainboard or memory vendor QVL. I would tend to stick to the motherboard QVL where possible, but if it has been validated by one party you should be fine.
3. Opt for kits with a rated frequency at least 1-2 frequency bins below the maximum validated frequency to improve chance of success.
So, the QVL is NEVER guaranteed? What about warranty, I've heard the motherboard warranty gets voided if you use non-QVL RAM.
And would you say the F4-3200C16D-32GTRS is a safe buy though? Considering it was verified on that board with all 3 CPU's including 5000G, except the regular 5000? I'd say it should work cuz the 5600G 5600x only have the L3 cache as difference and the codename. But I'm not super smart with computers.
I heard that in multiple videos when researching. That if you OC any component on the motherboard/any that needs OC-ing via mothrboard or BIOS. The motherboard warranty becomes void
An what exactly is the 3200MT? I did meant if the F4-3200C16D-32GTRS would work fine on this motherboard + Ryzen 5 5600x. Since it IS supported on that board but only seemingly, or at least only teste, with 3000, 4000, and 5000G series CPU's
Applying memory profiles is not going to void or impede your warranty.
You shouldn’t have any problems using that kit given AMD’s official support for 5000 series CPUs is 3200MT. Meaning the processor is capable of running this frequency from factory.
Not relevant to your concerns, but MT or MT/s is transfer rate. For sake of simplicity the frequency is also described as 3200MHz (1600*2 double data rate).
see table for DDR4 3200 example.