K9A2 Platinum memory suggestions

I did some searching on most memory manufacturers sites (Kingston, Crucial, OCZ, Corsair, etc) and only Kingston had the K9A2 updated to their site. I know that memory is not equal in all cases and am looking for 2 x 1 gig of Cas 4 or Cas 3 memory for the new system I am building. Now MSI says the K9A2 supports 1.8V DD2 800/1066 memory with a nice disclaimer:
Due to the High Performance Memory design, motherboards or system configurations may or may not operate smoothly at the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standard settings (BIOS Default on the motherboard) such as DDR2 voltage, memory speeds and memory timing. Please confirm and adjust your memory setting in the BIOS accordingly for better system stability.
Example: Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 PC-6400 operates at 2.0V, 4-4-4-12.
For more information about specification of high performance memory modules, please check with your Memory Manufactures for more details.

If I understand all that correctly it means that what ever memory I choose to put in I may have to up the voltage to get it to perform correctly. :sarcastic: So any suggestions from you K9A2 owners out there for what memory you are running would be appreciated as I don't want to play the memory shuffle trying to build a stable system.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Btw, Remember this mobo doesn't support 6000+ processors.
  2. No worries there. I went with the AM2 5000+ Black box.
  3. will the BIOS update with support of 2.1v memory? and upgrade with mobo higher than 6000+ but it doenst matters to me cuz i juz bought this mobo and AMD +5000 black edition too
  4. I am pretty sure you will have to manually set the voltages for the memory in the BIOS to get the "800" DDR2 to post at the lower latencies. MSI implies that this is possible (and even recommended) with this motherboard with the quote in my first post.

    And as for processor support, here is what MSI says on the matter (http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K9A2_Platinum&class=mb):
    %u2022 Supports 64-bit AMD® Phenom FX / Phenom processor (Socket AM2+)
    %u2022 Supports Phenom FX CPU: FX-82
    %u2022 Supports Phenom CPU: 9700, 9600, 9500 & 8000 Series
    %u2022 Supports 64-bit AMD® Athlon 64FX / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 processor (Socket AM2)
    %u2022 Supports Athlon 64 CPU: 3500+, 3800+
    %u2022 Supports Athlon 64FX CPU: FX-62
    %u2022 Supports Athlon 64 X2 CPU: 3800+, 4000+, 4200, 4400+, 4600+, 4800+, 5000+, 5200+, 5400+, 6000+, 6400+

    So now I am sincerely interested in where the lack of 6000+ processors information comes from?
  5. I think Loser777 is mixed up with the K9A2 CF motherboard that MSI has out, which is the 790X chipset. I was reading on another forum that it has issues with 125W processors. Some people had burnt their boards trying to run them.
  6. i was looking at that very same mobo from MSI with the 790FX chipset. I personally wound up getting some Mushkin Extreme DDR2 1066 2gb kit, which currently lists on newegg for around $130 with a $25 mail-in rebate until the second of feb. MSI lists muskin as a compatible ram supplier, and those specific modules have the High-End Micron D9 chips. should be a sweet pairing, but if you're Hesitant, just grab some Cruicial Ballistix and call it a day.
  7. Thanks for the updates.

    Good to know that the Phenoms I am looking at are running 95W. ;)

    And when it comes to RAM I am always willing to get the better chip as they run faster and are more reliable. So you have the K9A2 with the Mushkin? Or just have the RAM right now?
  8. Here is a link to the memory I purchased from newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146673 It is very stable and very fast.I have mine currently overclocked to 900mhz.You can't beat the price.Good Luck.
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