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March 7, 2006 1:03:47 PM

I've got 6 different setups and want the best memory to use for each. I am looking for performance and stability without overclocking. So extreme memory is not necessary. Below are the 6 setups.


1)
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (Toledo)
Memory:

2)
Asus A8N-E
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Venice)
Memory:

3)
Asus K8V-MX (All-In-One)
AMD Sempron 64 2800+ (Palermo)
Memory:

4)
Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe
Intel Pentium D 950 (Presler)
Memory:

5)
Asus P5ND2-SLI
Intel Pentium 4 631 (Cedar Mill)
Memory:

6)
Asus P5VDC-MX (All-In-One)
Intel Celeron D 326 (Prescott)
Memory:


From what I've seen, DDR400 is the dominant memory of choice used on the AMD Platform, 32-bit or 64-bit across the board. For Intel, I've seen PC4200, PC5300, PC6400 and PC8000. I've also noticed several "flavors" from various brands with basically beefed up memory timings and such, creating alternative memory "titles" such as PC4300, PC5400, PC8500 (Corsair) and etc.

My choices for memory types would be DDR400 for all AMD models listed, DDR533 (PC4200) and DDR667 (PC5300) for all Intel models listed. Again, I'm not looking to overclock any of the above 6 setups. I'm looking to get the best bang for the buck w/o OC'ing. I know CAS latency affects performance, so I don't want the slowest memory by far, but rather something in between depending on the price difference.

However, I need to determine if there is any one type/speed memory that can be used with each board regardless of how fast the cpu is that is being put in it. For example; the Pentium D 950 is very high end but I may elect to put in a Pentium 4 631 on the same board for example and go to the 950 at a later date as my needs change. I've looked into Crucial and Corsair so far but there are too many "flavors" to choose from and can't find a single website that carries them all. The XMS series from Corsair is really good from what I've read and I like the Twin2x Matching series. Any suggestions? Thanks!

-- MaSoP
March 7, 2006 1:27:15 PM

http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Brand.asp?Brand=1666 for corsair xms
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCa... for your memory needs in general
and
http://www.newegg.com for your pc needs in general unless there is a sale somewhere else ;) 

For performance, any will really do, you wont notice any major difference unless your playing games. Either way for quality ram, it's usually $80-$100 for 1gig (2x512) and $150-200 for 2gig (2x1g).
for athlons, it only supports up to DDR400. you might want to go for better ram for the Athlon64 and x2, and less for the sempron (ie the value ram)

not sure about the intels, but they use DDR2. DDR and DDR2 are not compatibly. it's one or the other. check the motherboard and cpu to see what is supported.
March 7, 2006 1:39:56 PM

Well, this is what I've put together for AMD thus far, and NewEgg has all 3 of these kits available.

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail (TWINX2048-3200C2PT) - $218

CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail (TWINX1024-3200C2PT) - $98

CORSAIR XMS 512MB (2 x 256MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail (TWINX512-3200C2PT) - $65

Now I'm trying to find 3 more kits for Intel. As above, I'm looking at 2gb, 1gb and 512mb respectively. Kits with matched pairs would be good, but if needed I could always buy 2 single identical chips where kits aren't available i suppose. I haven't been able to find 512mb/1gb/2gb 4200/5300 kits from Corsair. They apparantly don't make 512mb kits for both 4200 and 5300, only 1gb or 2gb. I definately want dual channel to be enabled on all of these machines if possible, even if the performance difference isn't that much. Any thoughts on Mushkin or OCZ? Thanks for the input.

-- MaSoP

Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Brand.asp?Brand=1666 for corsair xms
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCa... for your memory needs in general
and
http://www.newegg.com for your pc needs in general unless there is a sale somewhere else ;) 

For performance, any will really do, you wont notice any major difference unless your playing games. Either way for quality ram, it's usually $80-$100 for 1gig (2x512) and $150-200 for 2gig (2x1g).
for athlons, it only supports up to DDR400. you might want to go for better ram for the Athlon64 and x2, and less for the sempron (ie the value ram)

not sure about the intels, but they use DDR2. DDR and DDR2 are not compatibly. it's one or the other. check the motherboard and cpu to see what is supported.
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