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Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R AND 8Gb DDR3?

Im currently running this mobo with 4x1 Gb. DDR2 modules, pretty stable, my idea is to remove those modules and purchase 2x4 GB. DDR3 modules, but the manual states "up to 4GB. DDR3 memory" ... does this is true? or its just a "it was tested with" ?

I mean, does this limitation will really apply ? im not an hardware expert, but if the speed/voltage of memory is supported by the mobo, how does she knows that the module is of 2 gb or 4gb? it makes no sense to me.
Or that is just a graceful note that this mobo was not tested with these modules? As they where not existant when it was released, btw.
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  1. I am curious why you would bother with the expense of changing out the memory in a working system. All the memory benchmarks that I have seen indicate that a Core2 system really cannot use the extra memory bandwidth of DDR3 memory.

    As far as your original question is concerned, I cannot help you. I avoid combo boards.
  2. Its not a matter of bandwidth and performance, im not worried about the speed of the memory, im worried about the amount, due the tasks i perform on a daily basis, which dont comes to this case, i need more than 4Gb.
  3. Best answer
    I woundered the same thing. Turnes out it works just fine with 8GB installed.
    Here is the thread:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285697-30-ep35-ds3r-accidentally-ordered-ddr3
  4. wow, thats pretty nice notice, i read the same on some other threads, all trough official GB support said it will just not work...
    but anyway, i will give it a try, in worst case i hope i can at least see 4gb of the 8, and save these modules for a next upgrade like dalauder said
  5. Best answer selected by creizlein.
  6. More than likely only 4GB will be usable once @happybenguy installs a 64-bit OS.

    The few times that I have seen OP's going above the GB per DIMM limits it has always been the same 'caped' usable.
  7. i have GA-EP35C-DS3R

    can i run 2 x 4gb ddr3 ram on this board.

    i think when board made. ddr2 and 3 was maxed at 2 GB. 4 Gb wasnt exist.

    so they put limitations like 4 x 2 = 8 gb ram limit for ddr 2
    and 2 x 2 = 4 gb ram limit for ddr3

    i think board might run 2 x 4gb

    i read your article you must know the answer. is it possible ?
  8. Can U plz tell us which DDR3 Modules especially you use!?
  9. happybenguy said:
    I woundered the same thing. Turnes out it works just fine with 8GB installed.
    Here is the thread:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285697-30-ep35-ds3r-accidentally-ordered-ddr3



    Your answer was for Ep35-ds3r and not the p35-ds3r... does it function with p35-ds3r, too??
    Did someone make good experiences?
    THX!
  10. ALRIGHT!!!
    I found this:
    http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php/topic,3983.0.html

    ...and so, I tryed it myself and I'm very happy.
    My Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R rev.1.1 runs now with 8GB Ram!

    I bought a 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit DDR3-1600 CL9.
    This is RAM with only 1,5V needed and therefore my fave.
    I think every RAM should work.

    In the first try, the MoBo recognised only one of both 4GB memorybars.

    The Solution was: I startet the Mobo with no RAM at all.
    It peeped, goes on and off several times and then haltet sometime.

    After that, I turned the PC off, inserted one memorybar, turned the PC on and again off after the BIOS post.
    Then I inserted the second memory bar.
    8GB recognised!

    So I went to the BIOS set manually CL9 and enhanced the memoryclock speed from 200MHZ (800FSB) to 250MHz, restarted the PC again to the BIOS, went to 275, then 300, 325, 333.
    As final result the memory roules now with 4# x333MHz= 1333MHz

    I needed all the little steps between...
    Don't ask why, when I did the jump from 200x4# directly to 333x4# it won't work: the PC resets back to factory defaults.

    I didn't try to further overclock the memory, but there should be enough potential.
    At least your should be able to minimize the CL.

    But I don't have to snatch for every performance point!
    Just happy to have 8GB for cheap 33 EUROS on the run!!

    BTW:
    Perhaps someone get's it a try, to let 16GB run!

    PLEASE POST IT HERE!!!
  11. This topic has been closed by Nikorr
  12. This topic has been reopen by Nikorr
  13. THX for the reopening!
    :)

    I have ONE final information to add to this thread:
    I tried myself 1x 8GB in booth RAM-slots & I tried 2x8GB 1333MHz.

    In booth cases no success.
    The screen was black and there happend nothing at the startup.
    No peep, nothing: the PC just turned on and did nothing.

    So, I think it's quite shure, that this board won't work with the used DDR3-RAM.
    Perhaps a useful information for all the owners of this board.

    I tried it with
    16GB GeIL DDR3 PC3-10660 1333MHz Evo Corsa CL9 (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel kit
    GOC316GB1333C9DC

    If someone will find a 2x8GB-Kit that is working, so do all the other P35-Board-owners a BIIIIIG fave and post it here!

    May the truth be out there...
    :D
  14. Unlimited1980 said:
    THX for the reopening!
    :)

    I have ONE final information to add to this thread:
    I tried myself 1x 8GB in booth RAM-slots & I tried 2x8GB 1333MHz.

    In booth cases no success.
    The screen was black and there happend nothing at the startup.
    No peep, nothing: the PC just turned on and did nothing.

    So, I think it's quite shure, that this board won't work with the used DDR3-RAM.
    Perhaps a useful information for all the owners of this board.

    I tried it with
    16GB GeIL DDR3 PC3-10660 1333MHz Evo Corsa CL9 (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel kit
    GOC316GB1333C9DC

    If someone will find a 2x8GB-Kit that is working, so do all the other P35-Board-owners a BIIIIIG fave and post it here!

    May the truth be out there...
    :D



    I installed 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 RAM in my 5-year-old P35C-DS3R two days ago 'cause I wanted to run Win 7 in 64-bit and needed the extra RAM to justify it; up to now, Ive been running with just 2 Gig in 32-bit mode. I put the sticks in one after the other, booting up between each to make sure that the new amount of RAM was recognised.

    I can say unequivocally that the P35-DS3R (and by extension, the EP35C-DS3R) WILL run 8 Gig of DDR3 perfectly happily!

    HTH
  15. Since the question in this Thread is solved, I opened a new question to lay the focus on 16GB:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1887829/gigabyte-p35c-ds3r-2x8gb-ddr3-16gb-ddr3.html
  16. Just an update, the GA-P35C-DS3R rev 2.0 works just fine with Corsair Value 2x4gb 1333 DDR3. I just installed today and it works great. Prior to that I also tried Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600 DDR3 but the pc didn't even boot.
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