Article ID: 000087468 Content Type: Troubleshooting Last Reviewed: 10/25/2021

How to Configure the RAM Frequency to Match the Specification of the Intel® Processor


Intel Boxed Processors in built-in systems


Steps to configure the random-access memory (RAM) frequency or speed to match the specification of the Intel® Processor.


The Random-Access Memory (RAM) speed (frequency) shows a lower value than the maximum memory speed supported by the Intel Processor.


The default memory operating frequency is automatically configured during the initial Power On-Self Test (POST) process. In most cases, the motherboard reads the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) module previously programmed in each memory stick by the memory manufacturer to set the memory's operating frequency.

The SPD configuration may be programmed at a lower frequency than the vendor-market value to support wider compatibility. (For example, the memory may be rated to run at 3200Mhz but the SPD default is set by the manufacturer at 2400Mhz.)

To change the configuration, follow the steps below:

  1. Check if the memory RAM modules are installed in the proper configuration/slots per the computer user's manual.
  2. Verify the memory is using the correct SPD profile in the BIOS/UEFI.
  3. Review the memory RAM module's compatibility with the motherboard. For instance, reviewing the motherboard's Qualified Vendor List (QVL).
  4. Make sure the memory RAM is supported for the Intel Processor.
    • Enter the processor number in the search box on the product specification page (ARK)and click Enter
    • Look for the Memory Specifications section. The supported memory for the product is listed under Memory Types.

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