Hopefully you can answer this Question I have for newer CPU hardware and North Bridge Chipset conflicts:
Now, Normally, the North Bridge chipset handles all the interaction between the CPU, RAM, Video, and South Bridge. If I wanted to purchase a Motherboard that can handle RAM speeds of "DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066", and I also buy RAM that is DDR3-2800, I should have no issues with compatibility on this specific issue.
However, the new i7 Intel processors have an "Integrated Memory Controller: Dual-channel DDR3 Memory Controller supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory"
So, as I see it, if the i7 processor's integrated memory controller may limit me to DDR3-1600 memory, would the extra spent on DDR3-2800 RAM and Motherboard be wasted? Which takes precedence?