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DDR2 vs DDR3

Hello all, I received a new gigabite motherboard/AMD Phenom II 3.0 x 4 combo for christmas as well as 4gigs of corsair ddr3 RAM. However, looking at the motherboard it appears that it only supports up to ddr2 ram. I'm wondering if there's any chance that the ddr3 ram will work with the motherboard. If not what is my best course of action. Should i return the combo and get a motherboard that supports ddr3 ram or just send back the ddr3 ram and get some ddr2 ram. I'm not sure what the pros and cons of ddr2 vs ddr3 are. Someone told me that ddr2 actually has less latency than ddr3 so im wondering how much truth there is to that statement. Also, if it is helpful my intentions for the computer are gaming such as starcraft II and WOW.

Thanks all
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  1. What's the motherboard, it's written on it.
  2. mosox said:
    What's the motherboard, it's written on it.


    here's a link to the motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394
  3. beaverman445 said:
    Hello all, I received a new gigabite motherboard/AMD Phenom II 3.0 x 4 combo for christmas as well as 4gigs of corsair ddr3 RAM. However, looking at the motherboard it appears that it only supports up to ddr2 ram. I'm wondering if there's any chance that the ddr3 ram will work with the motherboard. If not what is my best course of action. Should i return the combo and get a motherboard that supports ddr3 ram or just send back the ddr3 ram and get some ddr2 ram. I'm not sure what the pros and cons of ddr2 vs ddr3 are. Someone told me that ddr2 actually has less latency than ddr3 so im wondering how much truth there is to that statement. Also, if it is helpful my intentions for the computer are gaming such as starcraft II and WOW.

    Thanks all


    Salam!
    Sory Bro but your given board only supports DDR2 RAM but if you can, then you should go for another board Supporting DDR3(kingston) because it is more faster than DDr2 and if any thing goes wrong with it in future, then this wil be easily available in market than DDR2
  4. Best answer
    DDR3 is just as fast as DDR2 and that mobo has support for every AM3 CPU. You can get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211188
    Alternatively you can keep the RAM and get one of those combos
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572395
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572742

    Thos mobos are ATX while yours is mATX so make sure your case can take ATX.

    LE: DDR2/800 is just as fast as DDR3/1333.
    http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/ddr2-800-vs-ddr3-1333.html
  5. You should keep the RAM and get a mobo that supports DDR3 instead. It's ridiculous to build a new system based on DDR2 nowadays.
  6. get your mobo chaged if you wanna use ddr3.,BRO.DDR3has been the main stream.good luck
  7. DDR3>DDR2
  8. Best answer selected by beaverman445.
  9. ddr3 is better than ddr2. and there is no such thing as ddr3 having a greater latency than ddr2...its all bull crap
    And again, a motherboard contains only a specific slot for a specific type of memory card. it can never be upgraded to a higher or lower ranking, for example a DDR2 board can never hold a DDR3 memory stick, the reverse is true and so it remains...although i hear there are exceptionals though i dont know how true that is
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