We are pleased to announce the new feature that will allow you to have an independent and unified experience to search for official compatibility between memories and motherboards from all the world's largest hardware manufacturers.
What is QVL?
The Qualified Vendor List (QVL) is a list provided by a system manufacturer or motherboard of parts tested and confirmed by that manufacturer to work on its hardware. This allows them to ensure that specific parts will work 100% in their system.
Is QVL really important?
The most common opinion among hardware enthusiasts about this gray area of compatibility is that you don't need to worry about the QVL for consumer PC configurations, while it might be critical to stick to lists in a professional environment such as high-end server farms or similar solutions.
The QVL published by a manufacturer is only a snapshot of the compatible RAM modules on the market at that time, as they probably can't test every single RAM model on the market (with new models being released continuously). No QVL will include every single type of memory that will work with that motherboard, and the manufacturer may review the RAM compatibility of a particular card through BIOS updates but not by updating its QVL.
If you want to be as safe as possible, especially if you're thinking of building your next PC using an AMD Ryzen (even newer versions) that in recent times tend to be more demanding with RAM compatibility than Intel, checking the QVL for the motherboard choice will definitely have its benefits.
QVL and processor memory controller
In some cases, memory compatibility support may also depend on the CPU memory controller, such as for Ryzen processors from several generations of the image above. Each CPU family will have its own list of memories certified for operation. The BIOS version can also change support for a particular RAM model.
Product search in QVLs with Pangoly
Thanks to the inclusion of QVLs in the compatibility lists between motherboards and memories on Pangoly, it is now possible to search and filter through thousands of products and hundreds of thousands of associations between the motherboards of the world's largest manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE and ASROCK in a single, completely free web service.
Our product database is constantly being updated and more and more hardware models will be added. If you are looking for a particular hardware product that is not yet on our lists, please contact us and we'll try as soon as possible to add it to our compatibility lists.