To clear up some of the confusion caused by a story over at another website, we want to make it clear that Nehalem will run more than just DDR3-800 and DDR3-1066. Intel’s official support will only be for 800MHz and 1066MHz, but that only means that anything above that is considered as overclocking by Intel. You can still whip your DDR3 modules to operate at the same high frequencies as they do with your current platform.
Many motherboard manufacturers have even added presets in the BIOS for setting the memory frequency to 1333, 1600, 1866, and 2000, along with some additional settings in between these. If that’s not enough you can always play with the settings manually to go even higher. If you’re wondering about the overclocking bit, we refer back to our previous story saying that Nehalem handles down -120C with ease and that Bloomfield will hit frequencies quite similar to those Yorkfield is doing under extreme cold.