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August 20, 2009 7:12:00 AM

I'm going to upgrade my ASUS M2N motherboard to a Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3. Heres the link to Newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

I just want to know, this thing supports DDR3 memory, and i have 4GB of 800MHz DDR2 in my current system. I want to know if i am required to upgrade my memory to 1333 MHz DDR3 or can i use the 800MHz DDR2 memory with the new board?

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August 20, 2009 2:22:30 PM

umm......... well looking at the specifications tab when you go to your link its says memory standard DDR3 1333

meaning only DDR3 memory will work with that mobo
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August 20, 2009 4:35:12 PM

Yep, DDR3 only on that board.....

If your budget is around the 130ish I would suggest you get this instead :

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as performance goes the foxconn might be a tad faster but not earth-shattering....
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August 20, 2009 5:49:11 PM

OvrClkr said:
Yep, DDR3 only on that board.....

If your budget is around the 130ish I would suggest you get this instead :

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as performance goes the foxconn might be a tad faster but not earth-shattering....



Yeah, but that gigabyte board only supports 1 x16 pci-xpress and the other is an x8 pci-xpress. The foxconn has 2 true x16, even though they probly go down to x8 x8 when crossfired
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August 20, 2009 6:35:05 PM

Yea the foxconn has dual x16 slots but the onboard video is what steers me away.... if you are buying a gaming board you should stay away from on-board video unless you can deal with the small issues that they cause.....
August 20, 2009 6:37:53 PM

OvrClkr said:
Yep, DDR3 only on that board.....

If your budget is around the 130ish I would suggest you get this instead :

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as performance goes the foxconn might be a tad faster but not earth-shattering....


OvrClkr said:
Yea the foxconn has dual x16 slots but the onboard video is what steers me away.... if you are buying a gaming board you should stay away from on-board video unless you can deal with the small issues that they cause.....



What kind of issues usually come up? Cuz i usually deactivate the onboard graphics. I wanna make sure i get everything right since this will be my first REAL build
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August 20, 2009 6:52:37 PM

Well in the past I have had driver conflicts and glitches mostly in games.... Since then I have steered away form on-board video and have not had 1 issue.....

Dunno maybe the newer boards with on-board video work perfectly fine, as far as a couple of years ago they here a pain in the arse......

If you are buying the board strickly for x-fire on a budget then go ahead, but for that price there are much better boards out IMO... I would rather buy a 790XT and settle for one big beefy video card.....Or better yet the 790X and not have to deal with buying DDR3 ram....

Like I said, on an AMD platform you really wont see a night and day difference when you compare DDR2 to DDR3.... The only platform that I have noticed a major difference is on the Core i7.......
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August 20, 2009 7:49:04 PM

OvrClkr said:
Yep, DDR3 only on that board.....

If your budget is around the 130ish I would suggest you get this instead :

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as performance goes the foxconn might be a tad faster but not earth-shattering....


OR go for the UD5P same as above but no onboard video and has 2x16pci_e AND it works with ddr2 ram..:) 
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August 20, 2009 7:49:47 PM

+1 "dokk2" [:jaydeejohn:5]
August 21, 2009 12:36:07 AM

dokk2 said:
OR go for the UD5P same as above but no onboard video and has 2x16pci_e AND it works with ddr2 ram..:) 


Yeah but on that board the pci express slots are, the first one is x16 and the other one is x8, so its not true x16, or is there gonna be to much of a diff. cuz if not ill go for the gigabyte board

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August 21, 2009 3:35:30 PM

I dont think there is a much of a diffrerence comparing x16 to an x8 slot....

My board has dual x16 slots and I have compared it to other boards that have an x16 / x8 slot and as far as performance goes you can barely see a difference....



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