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If the wrong RAM is plugged into a MoBo will it ruin the MoBo

I bought a MSI Intel P67 B3, LGA 1155 Motherboard MS-7673 V 1.0 - Core i3-2100 3.1GHz - Patriot DDR3 4GB 1600MHz.

Both the processor and the RAM are compatible with the MoBo but the processor isn't compatible with the RAM. I plugged it in and the board didn't power up. I am purchasing the right RAM, but might I have damaged the MoBo in the process?

The Processor only takes DDR3-1066/1333 and the RAM I plugged in is 1600 MHz.

Thanks much.

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Using 1600 mhz with a processor that is rated for DDR3-1066/1333 will most likely fail to work, so the system will not POST if the memory cannot be downclocked by the system to 1333/1066 mhz. However if the system fails to work, that should not imply that the motherboard will be damaged. So the motherboard should be still working, the best recommendation would be to check with MSI as this is a third party motherboard. MSI USA - Technical Support