I am interested in building a new computer from scratch... looking at Asus' A7N8X Deluxe, I notice that it has "Dual-Channel" DDR slots... which I guess means I can run two like-sized DDR DIMMs in these slots and it will give me better performance.
My question is, do I need a certain special kind of RAM to enable the Dual-Channel nature of these slots? I was thinking of getting two (2) sticks of Corsair's XMS 512 PC2700, but then I read somewhere that the RAM needed to be at least PC3200 to enable Dual-Channel DDR... Is this true? If so, should I run the 3200 at 266, 333, or 400? If my processor has a FSB of 333 should my RAM also be at 333?
you can get any 2 sticks of RAM (probably best to get 2 identical ones), then run them at their properly rated speed (or overclock them if you prefer, taking into account normal overclocking procedures). No pressing need to get special "dual-channel" RAM.
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adding on to what jlanka said...I think you can use PC2700 or PC3200, but I don't think you can use PC2100. I read the books that came with the board and they only list the PC3200 and PC2700 under the section about Dual-Channel.
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