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Memory for Athlon 64 X2 AM2 CPU

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December 19, 2006 6:18:30 PM

Good afternoon everyone. I need some memory advice. According to the AMD web site, the following memory listed below is compatible with all AM2 processors. I need clarification as to which memory would be best for a 3800+ or 4200+ AM2 processor, as noted below. The Motherboard this processor and memory will be used on is the Asus M2N-E. I am looking for 2GB (1GB x 2) of memory and don't want to drop more than $300 or so on it, give or take a few.

Processor(s) desired:

Athlon XP X2 3800+ AM2 (Retail Boxed)

or

Athlon XP X2 4200+ AM2 (Retail Boxed)


Memory Types Available:

PC2 3200 (DDR2-400)
PC2 4200 (DDR2-533)
PC2 5300 (DDR2-667)
PC2 6400 (DDR2-800)

I would prefer a processor with 1MB x 2, but the models that have that cache size (4000+, 4400+, 4800+, 5200+) are either very hard to find or are quite a bit more expensive. Thanks for the input!


-- MaSoP

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December 20, 2006 12:47:33 PM

You take the speed of the CPU

2000

2200

divide it by 200, that gives you the multiplier:

10

11

Divide the multiplier by 2, that gives you

5

5

Divide speed by last product:

2000/5=400

2200/5=440

For the first PC2 3200 (DDR2-400)
For the second PC2 4200 (DDR2-533)
December 20, 2006 4:26:24 PM

Quote:
You take the speed of the CPU

2000

2200

divide it by 200, that gives you the multiplier:

10

11

Divide the multiplier by 2, that gives you

5

5

Divide speed by last product:

2000/5=400

2200/5=440

For the first PC2 3200 (DDR2-400)
For the second PC2 4200 (DDR2-533)


Appreciate the input. The actual figures all come out to 400 for all X2 processors when you do the math on a calculator. There are .25 and .50 and .75 figures to deal with for some or the speeds. It appears that you are rounding the multiplier. If I get a 3800 model with PC2 3200 memory (2GB) and then 10 months from now, I want to upgrade to a 5000 or above, would that require I replace the memory with PC2 4200 or above? I keep seeing system configurations with PC2 4200 and PC2 6400 and other memory speeds with various X2 models. I assume they are OC'ing? I have no need to OC. I just don't want to get memory for a slower processor that isn't useable on a faster model in the future. That sounds like a very pricey upgrade path being forced by AMD. Thanks!

-- MaSoP
December 20, 2006 5:20:44 PM

For a 5000 you are going to need DDR2-533 PC-4200. There may even be faster processors by the time you upgrade.
Just redo the calculations with a speed of 2600. 2600/6=433.
Don't get confused because the speed of the FSB is 200 in all cases.
Yes, the divisor must be rounded down.
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