My new system will have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R revision 2.1 motherboard and an Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 processor. I need recommendations for RAM, though. I'd like to go for a total of 4GB of RAM, maybe 2 sticks of 2 gigs each. My motherboard's manual seems to indicate the RAM has a voltage of 1.8. I would like at least the RAM speed to be at least 800, if not 1066.
I checked Crucial's website, and the 1066 sticks it advises for my motherboard are listed as 2.2V. Any recommendations memory-wise for this motherboard?
With the GA-P35-DS3R and 4GB definately get 2x2GB. I had to RMA by board (ver.2.1) because I was unable to get 4x1GB sticks working without a multitude of memory errors and games freezing. That was after days of memory timing, memory voltage and mobo voltage tweaking (with the help of OCZ tech support).
2x1GB config worked fine so 2x2GB should work equally well. My OCZ RAM required a voltage of 2.1v, so don't worry too much if your chosen RAM has higher volt rating that 1.8v. Just do as suggested above to adjust the default voltage.
1066 RAM is a waste of money in my opinion. DDR800 will take that 533FSB Q6600 to 3.6GHz at 1:1. Are you planning to try and get it over 3.6? That's a 50% overclock so it'll be relatively hot. DDR1066 might make more sense if you're using a 667FSB proc.
I'm using OCZ gold DDR800 to run my E6850 at 3.6 on a P35-DS3R.
My only complaint about the manufacturers QVL is they test very few products from a select few memory manufacturers. I looked at the QVL (near impossible to locate with some mobo manufacturers!!!) of my mobo and found NO, I repeat NO memory make/models that were available to me locally.
This is where you have to talk to the memory manufacturers, as they also test their own product with a variety of mobo's and can help match memory to mobo.
I have a GA-P35-DS3R rev2.1. I am running 2 X 1GB of crucial Balistic tracers. The board booted up fine with them in but at higher timings. Once I got it all going I went into the BIOS and adjusted the timings and voltage. I'm not sure if the 2GB sticks would boot at 1.8volts. This is great ram. I'm running DDR2 800 ram at 1040. I haven't tried to go higher, but I've heard they go to 1066.