Report: Skylake May Get Burned if You Use DDR3 Memory
According to a new report by Tom’s Hardware, Intel’s Skylake chip may not be suitable for use with DDR3 memory. The new Intel chip supports DDR4 memory but according to Intel, we have limited support for DDR3 as well.
The report claims that Skylake IMC also supports DDR3L with a voltage of 1.35. Meanwhile, the DDR3 modules use voltages of 1.5 to 1.6. This could burn the IMC that is recommended to use with DDR4 running at 1.2V.
The question is that why manufacturers are releasing boards for Skylake that support DDR3? We are told that DDR3 won’t do damage to the board itself while running at that voltage. However, overtime it will kill your CPU.
The best course of action, in order to protect your new Skylake chip, is to use to DDR3L. Or, go for DDR4 which is an expensive option.
The interesting thing to note here is that the IMC supports 4,133 MHz RAMs. But, some RAM kits are able to push 4,233 MHz. However, most run between 2,133 and 3,000 MHz. This means that kits running at 4,133 MHz, will face issues compared to those which run at a lower frequency.
To conclude, Intel Skylake should not be used with a DDR3 RAM, or DDR4 with a frequency higher than 4,133.