Please could someone guide me on which type of memory I would be best using.
My newly built system is based around a Phenom II 945 @ 3Ghz and a HD5870 1gb Graphics card. At the moment I have aMSI NF520T-C35 motherboard with 4gb Samsung DDR2 667Mhz ram (4x1gb sticks)
I want to know if its worth while upgrading my motherboard and memory to DDR3 or would I just be wasting my time and money. Also is my processor and graphics in any way suffering due to the memory being used.
Would it be nice to have an AM3 board and DDR3 RAM? Definitely. However, I don't think you'll see any noticeable increase in performance, so it isn't worth the money right now. Wait until AMD moves on to a new socket or there's a need to pick up a massive CPU.
My motherboard already supports AM3 but its still DDR2 - I feel like the rams a little out of date compared to the rest of the system, I just wasnt sure if it was holding back my graphics performance for gaming.
@saint: Source? The only new sockets I've heard of are Intel's next two in a year...
Put it this way. I'd be surprised if the RAM was holding back performance, or at least noticeably holding it back. I certainly wouldn't run out and buy DDR3 to replace it right now. However, I also wouldn't buy any more DDR2. So if you absolutely need more RAM (which you don't), spend the extra and step up to 8 GB of DD3. Otherwise leave it alone.
April 28, 2010 8:33:32 PM
Thanks for the responses - Thats just what I wanted to hear!
I'm not actually sure that's a new socket. The r2 hints at it being a revision, not a replacement. With just that as evidence, I'm thinking it's more like a new chipset that will enhance the abilities of the new CPUs (think H55/H57 versus P55, not LGA1366 versus LGA775). It just doesn't fit AMD's philosophy to introduce a new socket only in the high end. If both mainstream and enthusiast markets had "AM3r2" listed, it would have been more likely to be a new socket.