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AM2 processors with DDR2 -best match ups you are using?

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November 7, 2006 8:30:23 AM

ok so the new AM2 socket and proccessors use DDR2 memory-finally!
BUT the timings and multipliers are not suited so well to the DDR2 specifications.

What Toms has basically shown is that you will need to carefully match your processor and memory like never before on an amd system,in order to maximise the full potential/speed of your system.

My question is,(as the review looks a little old) how have you guys gone about matching up your hardware with DDR2??

Below is the link to the DDR2 timings for each AM2 processor....:

http://images.tomshardware.com/2006/05/23/amd_reinvents...

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November 7, 2006 12:13:31 PM

No offence but If I was going to pull out money for a build right now it would be Intel Core2 Duo and DDR2 which is out performing AM2 right now and a overclocked midrange C2D is besting the top of the line AMD anything, and cost less money.

And this advice is coming from an AMD FX57 user so take it however you want but at least think about it.
November 7, 2006 8:40:31 PM

I'd just get DDR2-800, it can't hurt...and for overclocking I think it's better to have.
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November 7, 2006 10:34:06 PM

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No offence but If I was going to pull out money for a build right now it would be Intel Core2 Duo and DDR2 which is out performing AM2 right now and a overclocked midrange C2D is besting the top of the line AMD anything, and cost less money.

And this advice is coming from an AMD FX57 user so take it however you want but at least think about it.


This is very true,but i have already got my asus m2n32sli delux MB...
I prefer the asus amd motherboards as they tend to be way better than intel versions.
I havnt opened it yet...is there anything u can reccomend that beats it?
November 7, 2006 10:37:13 PM

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No offence but If I was going to pull out money for a build right now it would be Intel Core2 Duo and DDR2 which is out performing AM2 right now

So what the hell is AMD going to do about the price/performance gap now enjoyed by intel?

Surley they cant expect us to shell out the same amount or more for a slower product?


I know they have the faster/more core chips coming,but what about the market now?
November 7, 2006 11:13:11 PM

im using Corsair DD2 6400 in my rig right now. and i have no capability issue. and i also have the same mobo as u do
November 7, 2006 11:40:10 PM

Hopefully AMD will lower their prices when they release the X2 5400, 5600, and 6000. AMD makes decent processors, someone has to stay around while Intel is this huge monopoly...
November 8, 2006 2:15:49 AM

yeah i would also rather stick with AMD....
November 8, 2006 11:00:54 AM

Verry short sighted of 4ryan6. so when the k8l quod cores arine in about 9 monthes he is going to replace everthing again ? I am waiting delivery of x2 4600 system designed for long term. and next year i will upgrade the CPU ONLY. ive gone for OCZ cas 4 DDR1000. note realy nececery but should last till 2008 min. (DDR3) posible later as DDR3 MB may not take off straight away and with DDR2 memory that clocks Past 1066 cas 4 it unlikly to show big advantage at first.
by the way droping multiplyer on 4600 to 10 and increasing bus frequencey to 240. gives 960 DDR on standard 2.4 Gh. futher increases will overclock cpu and push memory further. with OCZ garanteed to higher voltages (mine 2.5v)only problem is make sure case air flow is good.
November 8, 2006 11:23:21 AM

i own an Athlon64 3500+ AM2 @ 2.2 GHz, with 1 GB DDR2-533 4-4-4-12, but it effectively works at DDR2-489, according to the CPU divider table and CPU-Z.

question: can i adjust the timings a little tighter, considering the memory is working at a lower speed than it's supposed to?

the memory it's kind of generic, with spectek :?: chips
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November 8, 2006 11:45:26 AM

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Verry short sighted of 4ryan6.



We'll see just how short sighted I am, Intels Quad Core will be able to run in a C2D M/B with just a BIOS Flash, and C2D M/Bs are available right now, not 9mos off, and a midrange C2D can be OC'd past the top of the line AMDs performance right now for a lot less money.

I've been AMD for the past 5 yrs, do you think I like making these statements, but the writings on the wall dude, better remove those blinders and read it, so you don't go out and spend money buying brand new outdated hardware.

I tell you what why don't we just leave Intel out of the picture OK and just ignore Intels benchmarks altogether in the following and you compare the AM2s FX62 supposedly next major AMD improvements benchmarks to the FX60 939 compare those two and respond with why you think going AM2 is a good thing. Were talking the top end AMD offerings at the time wouldn't you at least expect AM2 to best the older 939 on every count? I mean if I'm spending my money on it I would want it to, if I'm upgrading I want to upgrade not backstep.

http://xtreview.com/review115.htm
November 8, 2006 12:09:08 PM

Well I also would like some help. I have a asrock 939SLI32-eSATA2 I just want to build a cheap computer for my Brother. I am going to get the cpu upgrade board, and get an Athlon 64 3800+ Athlon 64 3800+
What would be the best DDR2 Memory to Match with this processor mobo?
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November 8, 2006 9:39:56 PM

Thats a nice thing http://www.asrock.com/product/AM2CPU%20Board.htm Asrock has done with that upgrade of a 939M/B
she'll run DDR2 800/667/533 so I guess the answer is a question what price range and amout of RAM are you after?

I'm assuming since the CPU is $115.00 you don't want to spend too much on the DDR2 so are you thinking a Gig of RAM or more than that?

How much does the upgrade card cost?

And are you getting it through ASROCK or some other place?

So many questions :oops:  But I have a friend with an ASROCK thats also AM2 upgradable but he hasn't actually went looking for the upgrade board yet, I'm just wondering where you're getting yours?
November 8, 2006 10:26:13 PM

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Well I also would like some help. I have a asrock 939SLI32-eSATA2 I just want to build a cheap computer for my Brother.


That motherboard uses regular DDR 400 memory. (Assuming your not using the AM2 upgrade board..IMHO its not worth it.) Not DD2. Unfortuanely DDR memory is still not cheap. However I would go for one of the following two offerings:

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 - $115.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820220037
November 8, 2006 11:21:40 PM

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=AM2CPUBRD
Thats were Asrock sales reffered me to . I just want a cheap compy for my brother. I would rather have cheaper memory but paired good with the processor so I can overclock it a bit. I think I might want to get a dual core processor though...
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November 8, 2006 11:58:07 PM

Thats not a bad price for that thing at all, so CPU, M/B upgrd Board and RAM, whats your budget goal?
November 9, 2006 3:36:00 AM

Well, everything just changed my Dad called me and told me to make my little brother a birthday present so I am ordering everything now going for about a 500 dollar upgrade or so. I just went with the 4200+ 65 Watt X2 that can overclock nice I am just getting probably the cheapest ddr2 800 memory I can get and probably a 7600 and going to go to a local computer shop for a Case and power supply. I am probably going to get an 80 dollar Hard drive. Everything changed when I was getting my little brother a birthday present hehe because My Dad will probably help out a lil.

I don't think the stuff will get here by stdy though :\ oh well short notice not going to waste 18 bucks on next day shipping haha!
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November 9, 2006 12:36:40 PM

Well its just the fact that you'll be doing it that counts, if its not ready by BDay at least he knows its coming, Newegg has some Corsair XMS2 DDR2/800 matched 1G 2 x 512mb Memory on sale for about $130.00, I've always had great success with Corsair RAM, you might want to look into that.
November 9, 2006 12:48:06 PM

I went with Gskill I was in a rush to get the cheapest I could get. I am heading to a local computer store today to get Case, PSU , Hard drive , and CD drive. I think I will just use my old parts then put the new ones in mine haha. Then double win eh ? It will be ready by his birthday and my computer will be better haah! I will just let him use my 7900GT until I get him his card idk I think I am going to get a 7600GT , well it depends on how much my other brothers chip in for it .
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November 10, 2006 12:04:44 AM

Sounds like a plan! Hope your build goes problem free! :wink:
November 25, 2006 12:46:45 PM

Good Luck and have fun with your build Vir_Cotto,
I too just built a system with a Foxconn AM2 C51XEM2AA with an AMD X2 4000+ and 2 gigs Corsair PC8500 1066mgz memory, I did get the memory running at 1066 with the 4000+ then somthing broke and thought it was the cpu, Bought a new X2 4800+ and had same problem, found it was memory error, returned the corsair and it works. With the 4800+ I cant get the pc8500 memory to run at 1066mgz. If I change the CPU Multi. to 6 x and the mgz to 400 will the mem go to 1066?
or should I put the X2 4000+ back in.
Whatever I do I will either build another system or sell one of the processors.
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November 25, 2006 11:01:17 PM

Yeah got my posts mixed up that night, you're right wasn't anything mentioned about a build.
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