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February 17, 2011 9:22:21 PM

I bought a new mobo today with a AMD 965 and am pretty stoked but did not realize it only supports DDR2 :( 


So my only options for memory are DDR2-800 (1066 not sold in quantities I want). I want this machine to be able to play games in Eyefinity (have the three monitors and GPU all set up).

Is DDR2-800 going to be fast enough or do I need to get a different motherboard?

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a c 347 } Memory
February 17, 2011 9:43:52 PM

The difference with DDR2 vs DDR3 isn't what would concern me, it's the AMD Chipset that your MOBO uses which would possibly be a bottleneck in gaming. DDR2 runs hotter.

Fast DDR2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-231-194^20-231-194-TS,20-231-145^20-231-145-03%23,20-104-098^20-104-098-TS,20-231-246^20-231-246-TS

Yes, DDR2 800 MHz is fast enough.
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February 17, 2011 9:48:43 PM

i am using a MB featuring the amd 785 northbridge, along with 8 gigs of drr2 800. also an hd5770. all my games, bf:bc2, mafia2 l4d2.....all fast and beautiful. i am limited (and by such have better numbers) by the fact my current monitor is maxed at 1366x768. but i believe the point will be your gpu.
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February 17, 2011 10:37:50 PM

The only thing about ddr2 is the price is up there compared to ddr3.
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February 17, 2011 11:15:04 PM

jaquith said:
The difference with DDR2 vs DDR3 isn't what would concern me, it's the AMD Chipset that your MOBO uses which would possibly be a bottleneck in gaming. DDR2 runs hotter.

Fast DDR2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-231-194^20-231-194-TS,20-231-145^20-231-145-03%23,20-104-098^20-104-098-TS,20-231-246^20-231-246-TS

Yes, DDR2 800 MHz is fast enough.


The chipset is 785G. Will that be adequate? Should I just take this motherboard back and get DDR3 with like a 890GX or FX?

*I got this mobo for free ($40 off with purchase of 965 and $10 mail in rebate)

I'll spend a little extra if it will make a difference now or down the road. I want to do this build right.
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February 17, 2011 11:16:08 PM

christop said:
The only thing about ddr2 is the price is up there compared to ddr3.


But the MHz operates at a slower freq than the FSB. Doesn't that make a difference? Especially considering I might O.C. this CPU to ~4GHz. Wouldn't that put an increased demand on the memory to supply information faster?
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February 17, 2011 11:17:34 PM

humphreybot said:
i am using a MB featuring the amd 785 northbridge, along with 8 gigs of drr2 800. also an hd5770. all my games, bf:bc2, mafia2 l4d2.....all fast and beautiful. i am limited (and by such have better numbers) by the fact my current monitor is maxed at 1366x768. but i believe the point will be your gpu.


Have you ever done any benchmarks to see if you have any bottlenecks? I would like this computer to last me 5-6 years ( I really only play WoW). I'm just afraid that a few years down the line DDR2 will just be shamefully obsolete.
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a c 347 } Memory
February 17, 2011 11:55:10 PM

If you're a Gamer then the FX, and in general if running a dedicated/discrete GPU you really don't want the onboard GPU: wastes both bandwidth and physical RAM.

It's all about the '$' you want to spend plus the games + resolution that you play them in. Older AMD Chipsets 'bottleneck' the GPU + CPU.

Your AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz supports either DDR2/DDR3, and won't be a bottleneck for most current GPUs - to a point. The architecture is a bottleneck to many 'current' GPUs.

Keep in mind my version of gaming and yours are different. I only like HD Monitor(s) with 8XAA or higher, but that 'me.'

Most importantly, in good conscience I have a problem recommending 'old' technology with 'new' purchases. Your #1 thing is your budget. The 'nice' thing about AMD vs Intel is the backwards compatibility to their CPU + MOBO so you can progressively 'add' RAM, CPU, GPU, etc - you just need a 'good' base i.e. MOBO.
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February 19, 2011 4:10:03 PM

To run eyefinity you might need another 5770 if you are gaming with 3 monitors. That memory is fine but in a few years you might want to upgrade. You could also find a nice motherboard that supports ddr3 for super cheap along with a 2x2gb ddr3 kit for really really cheap.
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February 20, 2011 12:37:00 AM

now this is just an opinion, so please dont hate on me lol

i am a hardware junkie, i gotz me sum issues. i bought a 56k modem, years back, for 300+ bucks JUST BECAUSE IT WAS THE NEWEST FASTEST THING

to the point, ddr2 isnt going to hurt you for years. people will talk bottlenecks, but they are actually talking micro seconds, a time frame we can not even percieve without computers to aid us (skynet where are you now?) the main argument is visualising the content in as pristine condition as possible. back in the day i used to turn quake down for an advantage, which still holds true. turning off alot of the bells and whistles will make you more competitive. latency, ping and such. wont be as pretty but hey, i kill 8 to one, so i dont mind being ugly. lolol

bottom line....whe ddr4 comes out, yes, drr2 will be shamefully obsolete. save for that time
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February 20, 2011 2:02:48 AM

if you have any plans on returning that mobo ..I'd recommend holding on that descision. AMD are releasing a new cpu architecture known as Bulldozer although it isn't sure to outdo Intels new sb line up, people expect it to. I'd hold onto it until then. the bulldozers need an AM3+ socket and don't work on the current AM3s.
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February 20, 2011 2:33:36 AM

christop said:
The only thing about ddr2 is the price is up there compared to ddr3.

Hi christop :hello:  ... I totally agree,since I am a user of the DDR2 motherboards...I still have two gaming DDR2 boards & have another two DDR2 boards just to go up on the internet :)  ...
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