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MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 with A-DATA 2 x 2=4GB DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

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March 2, 2010 7:53:00 AM

For my new build I have already decided on MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 ATX AMD Motherboard, more or less and would like to know if anyone has been able to run this Ram with it. MSIs compatibility test page has tested a number of A-DATA sticks up to DDR3 2200 OC but not these ones.

A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model AX3U2000XB2G9-EF


I already have: AMD 955 M box; XFX HD4890; WD Cavier Black 500gb 32mb cache; Raidmax Dirktooth tower.

Thanks for any in-put.
March 2, 2010 7:24:39 PM

That sort of ram is only good for overclocking otherwise stick to 1333/1600's for less hassles, and i wouldnt use an MSI product if my life depended on it - there products are garbage.
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March 2, 2010 9:00:44 PM

Well, I think that maybe at 1800 or 2133, not sure about the 2000 'cause is not listened in the supported frecuency with OC.
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March 2, 2010 9:30:55 PM

apache_lives said:
That sort of ram is only good for overclocking otherwise stick to 1333/1600's for less hassles, and i wouldnt use an MSI product if my life depended on it - there products are garbage.

Hi Apache_lives

Over-clocking is the intention as I plan to learn the intricacies of the science with this build. That is the reason I purchased the AMD 955 mbox as opposed to the 955 ibox. The 955 mbox comes with an unlocked multiplier and is supposed to be able to out-clock 965 ibox. Up to 4.4-4.6ghz according to some in the reviews and some even expect higher no.. This is, of course, with a good after-market cooler.

As for my choice of the MSI 790FX MB, I choose so for the same reason. Over-clocking. This board claims the fastest OC capability out there that I have seen so far. It's reviews seem very positive for the most part so unless you can point out some personal experience with this particular board I'm afraid I will have to discount your negitive feelings.

Thanks in any case
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March 2, 2010 11:55:59 PM

Memory bandwidth hasn't been a bottleneck for as long as i can remember. You won't see any measurable gains from uber fast RAM. But if you're just OCing for the sake of OCing then ignore my post :) 
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March 3, 2010 3:10:09 AM

lucuis said:
Memory bandwidth hasn't been a bottleneck for as long as i can remember. You won't see any measurable gains from uber fast RAM. But if you're just OCing for the sake of OCing then ignore my post :) 

Hi Lucuis

So you would recommend getting more ram as opposed to speedier. Fill up my dimms with what, !333 or 1600? Where is the point of dramatically diminished returns ram speed-wise in your opinion? Should I get something from the MSI mem. test page that's been tested for all four dimms? How important is that? I notice that none of the faster stuff is tested for all 4 dimms. I'm assuming that the board wouldn't handle a full 16gb of ram at thier claimed OC speeds of 2133.

If I were to decide to go for 8gb of ram, am I better off with 4x2gb and fill all the dimms or 2x4gb and just 2 dimms? Personally, I would assume that 4x2gb is a better way to go.

Thanks for your interest
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March 3, 2010 3:18:40 AM

4x2 gb is a cheaper way to go :p 
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March 3, 2010 8:00:33 AM

Either lowish latency 1333 or 1600 is your best bet for price/performance. DDR2 800 would perform the same in games, so it's really just a matter of which is cheaper, lol.

http://www.breakitdownblog.com/ddr2-800-vs-ddr3-1333-do...

Go for 4 dimms for a total of 8gb. That'd be my choice.
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March 4, 2010 3:52:32 AM

Hi Lucuis

Well that article confirms what you say and a further linked article piled on more fuel. So I guess I will save myself some money and load up the dimms with some slower quality ram and OC that for the fun of it.

Thanks again
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