I'm having trouble selecting memory for my new build. The last time I sat down to build a PC, AMD ruled the world, and we were all using DDR. I haven't really kept up since.
I'm going to be using a Q6600, with a FSB of 1066. I don't plan on overclocking. I can't figure out what DDR2 I want for this build. The motherboard supports DDR2-1200, but I don't think that that will give any advantage on a non-overclocked 1066 FSB.
Could someone suggest the proper memory? And perhaps provide a link to a comprehensive guide to understanding memory ratings? Thanks!
If you want DDR2 that matches your mobo, there is a good deal at newegg for 2gigs of crusilix ram running at 1066mhz. The timing is set at 5-5-5-15 I think. Maybe faster. If you google newegg and look for the specs i told u you will see them. They sit at a decent price 2 ($99)
if you do decide to overclocking your Q6600 to 3.0, then the PC5400 will run 1:1 - perfect.
I use 4 gigs of this memory with the Q6600 at 3.0, and here's a summary of my review.
I got 2 kits and received the Promos ICs (XMS5402v7.1). I placed them in my new Asus Maximus Formula mobo (2 sticks at a time in the white slots), and they did DDR-1066 (4 hour prime v25.5 stable), at 6,5,5,15 with 2.2v (asus probe 2 sees 2.26v).
I have 4 sticks in an ASUS Maximus Formula at DDR2-900 with Q6600 B3 3.3 prime stable. I'm very happy. My B3 did 3.6 at 450x8 and DDR2-900 (5,5,5,15), prime stable. Superpi was 14.555s.
Testing proves the following with this memory in an Asus Maximus Formula with Q6600 B3 (stock intel heatsink and a 120mm fan on the memory - open case).
DDR2-667 at 3,2,2,6
DDR2-800 at 4,3,3,9
DDR2-900 at 5,4,4,12 (4 sticks tested)
DDR2-1002 at 6,5,5,15 (prime stable)
DDR2-1066 at 6,5,5,15 (4hr prime stable)