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December 29, 2009 12:40:30 AM

Took advantage of the Fry's deal and got a GA-790XTA-UD4 Motherboard and the Phenom X4 965 processor. Now I'm stuck with having to get DDR3 memory, as the old motherboard used DDR2. Since I had OCZ memory, I was looking at:
1. OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV4GK
2. OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR16004GK
3. OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK

or possible some
4. Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996629B

I'm partial to #3, basically because it actually mentions the 790 AMD chip. Search this forum for this motherboard only tuned up an un-answered request asking about this motherboard and a 770 chip set board. What's the experience with this OCZ AMD memory? The intent is to get 4 sticks (8 GB) and again there seems to be strange comments about using more than 2?
December 29, 2009 5:31:57 AM

I picked up the same combo and am working on picking up some memory as well. I heard of some1 having issues running 4 modules of the black edition. However thats my 1st choice. Also Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA runs pretty stable with 4 sticks.. Your best bet is probably with one of the two I mentioned.. You mind as well take advantage of AOD... Keep in mind that you wont be able to run ddr3 past clock speeds of 1066 without overclocking. however with AOD all you have to do is download an image file and it'll set your modules to run at 1600. You can check out the setup I'm working on at http://themodnation-forums.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=687


You know what? I was just looking at the ocz black edition modules and they don't mention our chipset.. They mention 790fx and 790gx... We're running 790x.. That could be the reason that guy on newegg is having issues.. He can only get them to run stable at 1333... However I'm sure you can still run them.
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December 29, 2009 9:58:39 AM

Great looking case! I noticed the missing f and g on the 790x and wonder how important that letter is. Another search to conduct. Seems like AOD would take card of this independent of the chip. All the yammering about OCZ memory not working had me worried when I changed to the MA790X-UDP4 motherboard, but both my dual channel platinum DDR2 1 gb sticks and the 2 gb sticks worked without messing around, which makes it a lot easier to then tweak things. The he shift to the XTA motherboard gives me some flexibility because I now have to buy memory!
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December 29, 2009 10:29:55 AM

Update on the FX vs X 790 chip. The AMD site shows both version (the 790x and the 790fx) chipsets read the DIMM data and can exploit AOD. Its looking like the OCZ AMD will be my choice. Still be nice to hear from people that have actually done something with this board!
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December 29, 2009 6:08:22 PM

Thanks! I've been working on the case off and on for about 3 years now. You really might wanna consider that Patriot DDR3. This guy on Newegg.com posted this..

Pros: This motherboard feels solid and looks great.
The connectors are accessible and very well labeled.
Good mix of card slots.
Supports 1600MHz RAM.
Decent owners manual.
Excellent board for the money if you don't need Crossfire.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard successfully booted on the first try after installation and has not had any problems so far. It is also recognizing my USB keyboard during start-up which was a problem with my previous Gigabyte board. Runs 8GB of Patriot 1600 at 1333 using 7,7,7,20 without any modifications. Runs at 1600 but the latencies will need some work.
Initial BIOS seems pretty good and is easy to work with.


System:
AMD 965 BE (125w)
Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4
x4 2GB Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA
Diamond HD5770
x2 WD 500GB HD RAID 0
Antec TP-550
Windows7 64bit

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December 29, 2009 7:15:59 PM

I really wouldnt mind going with the OCZ black edition either. They make great products and on top of that they're a local company. However Their website has 2 diffrent types of black edition ddr3 listed. The only diffrence between the two are the Cas latencies.

-The CL7 which can be seen here run CL 7-7-7-24:
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_pc3_12...

-While the CL8 run 8-8-8-24 and can be seen here:
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_pc3_12...

Honestly I wouldnt know which is better. Maybe you can elaborate a little.
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December 31, 2009 2:26:51 PM

Nubbeh said:
I really wouldnt mind going with the OCZ black edition either. They make great products and on top of that they're a local company. However Their website has 2 diffrent types of black edition ddr3 listed. The only diffrence between the two are the Cas latencies.

-The CL7 which can be seen here run CL 7-7-7-24:
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_pc3_12...

-While the CL8 run 8-8-8-24 and can be seen here:
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_pc3_12...

Honestly I wouldnt know which is better. Maybe you can elaborate a little.



the CL 7 will be faster, hence its a lot more expensive. Newegg just put out a promo code EMCMNPM36 on the OCZ black edition they carry that reduces the price from 121.99 to 114.99. I had already ordered it, but they were nice and gave me credit for it anyway. I just can't justify large price difference with the slight increase in speed between CL 8 and CL 7
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December 31, 2009 7:38:11 PM

It's on sale today for 99.99 after a 20 dollar mail in rebate. with the code it'll be like 94.99 with free shipping.
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January 11, 2010 5:51:44 PM

Nubbeh said:
Thanks! I've been working on the case off and on for about 3 years now. You really might wanna consider that Patriot DDR3. This guy on Newegg.com posted this..

Pros: This motherboard feels solid and looks great.
The connectors are accessible and very well labeled.
Good mix of card slots.
Supports 1600MHz RAM.
Decent owners manual.
Excellent board for the money if you don't need Crossfire.




Just a stupid question, why did he mention if you don't need crossfire? According to the MB page, it supports crossfire just fine. Or am i missing something?

http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Produc...
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January 11, 2010 8:01:54 PM

I have no idea why Newegg would say it does not support crossfire. If you read the fine print there is confusion because something shifts to 8x, but I'm not sure the 16x and 8x are referencing the same parameter.
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January 11, 2010 8:07:15 PM

Yeah, I got confused too ... Anyway, thanks for the answer. i ordered a MA790FXT instead as I wasn't sure about crossfire (i already bought my two HD5870)
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June 30, 2010 9:49:46 PM

"Also Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA runs pretty stable [on the GA-790XTA-UD4] with 4 sticks..."

I can't get that combo to run; I too have the same memory. It runs fine (and the memory tests fine) at PC1333 settings, but at PC1600 I get random BSODs and Memtest86+ logs errors.

Any hints? What are your BIOS settings?
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September 22, 2010 5:52:12 AM

sbus said:
"Also Patriot PGS34G1600LLKA runs pretty stable [on the GA-790XTA-UD4] with 4 sticks..."

I can't get that combo to run; I too have the same memory. It runs fine (and the memory tests fine) at PC1333 settings, but at PC1600 I get random BSODs and Memtest86+ logs errors.

Any hints? What are your BIOS settings?


I also purchased the GA-790XTA-UD4 and Phenom X4 965 combo from Fry's. System is completely stable at 1333, but when adjusted to 1600 I get random blue screens and memory errors in games. I'm running a pair of KHX2000C9D3T1K2/4GX Kingston HyperX memory. I had the same problems with another pair of Corsair 1600 memory and took it back to get the Kingston pair. In product reviews on Newegg I do see people mentioning instability at 1600. I've been thinking about updating the Bios, but does anyone have any other suggestions? Other then not being able to run at advertised memory speeds, I'm happy with the board.
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October 24, 2010 8:07:40 PM

you might want to try moving the memory to slots three and four - I had same issue on a 790fxt-ud5. Moving the memory over solved the problem. I know the manual says to put it in one and two - but for whatever reason works better in 3 and 4. Good Luck
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