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August 8, 2011 1:35:22 PM

Im looking for low cas memory, 7 or even a 6 ( i found the GSKILL series) but am very shaky on buying anything without making sure the memory is compatible with this MOBO. Does anyone have a QVL or recommendation for low cas, amd memory?

Phenom II 555 Callisto series. 3.2 Ghz
M4N98TD EVO
ASUS EAH6870

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August 8, 2011 4:06:57 PM

Link to memory/device support lists for your board. Note that they have not been updated since May 2010.

There are several CL7 kits at the 1333 and 1600 speeds on there, and even a couple of CL6 kits at the 1333 speed. I don't know how easy they will be to find, or how expensive they will be. In general, low-CL memory isn't worth the price premium -- you won't actually be able to tell the difference anyway.
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August 8, 2011 4:22:36 PM

Leaps-from-Shadows said:
Link to memory/device support lists for your board. Note that they have not been updated since May 2010.

There are several CL7 kits at the 1333 and 1600 speeds on there, and even a couple of CL6 kits at the 1333 speed. I don't know how easy they will be to find, or how expensive they will be. In general, low-CL memory isn't worth the price premium -- you won't actually be able to tell the difference anyway.


Thanks Shadows. As of now, the memory i have been drooling over is:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH

Its priced at $59.99 for the duel sticks, and quite frankly, id rather spend an extra $10 on good ram. If you still think this is totally unnecessary for the price, i would appreciate your response!
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August 8, 2011 4:26:56 PM

Most CAS 7 is also slower DDR3 1066 MHz. Ideally, you want DDR3 1333 MHz CAS 8 or DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 8/9. Often the 4GB/stick density requires the latest BIOS with 'older' e.g. AM3 MOBO. Kits like G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH 1333/7-7-7 are better than 7-8-7 CAS RAM, but not as good as CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 1600/8-8-8. In any case don't get ultra-low DIMM voltage RAM e.g. 1.25v or even 1.35v; the Phenom II X2 555 BE IMC is best suited for 1.50~1.65v RAM.

ASUS M4N98TD EVO -> http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4N98TD_EVO/#s...

Corsair Tested -> http://www2.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.as...
Kingston Tested -> http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/models...
Kingston HyperX -> http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/hyperx_us/modelsinfo.as...

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August 8, 2011 4:36:28 PM

jaquith said:
Most CAS 7 is also slower DDR3 1066 MHz. Ideally, you want DDR3 1333 MHz CAS 8 or DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 8/9. Often the 4GB/stick density requires the latest BIOS with 'older' e.g. AM3 MOBO. Kits like G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH 1333/7-7-7 are better than 7-8-7 CAS RAM, but not as good as CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 1600/8-8-8. In any case don't get ultra-low DIMM voltage RAM e.g. 1.25v or even 1.35v; the Phenom II X2 555 BE IMC is best suited for 1.50~1.65v RAM.

ASUS M4N98TD EVO -> http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4N98TD_EVO/#s...

Corsair Tested -> http://www2.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.as...
Kingston Tested -> http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/models...
Kingston HyperX -> http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/hyperx_us/modelsinfo.as...




Do you have any input on the RAM i have listed in my previous reply? Only reason im considering it is because of the MemOK! feature on my mobo. My brother is an ITT grad and states that even though the RAM states the board isn't "compatible", it most likely is, and will be recognized by the mobo.
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August 8, 2011 4:38:36 PM

The F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz 6-8-6-24 may or may not work properly on your 2-core Phenom II X2 555 BE, the 4/6 core with a robust IMC probably fine. However, 2x4GB will do you a lot more 'good' in Gaming.
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August 8, 2011 4:48:21 PM

jaquith said:
The F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz 6-8-6-24 may or may not work properly on your 2-core Phenom II X2 555 BE, the 4/6 core with a robust IMC probably fine. However, 2x4GB will do you a lot more 'good' in Gaming.




So would you recommend getting 4x2 (already planning on) or 2x4?
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August 8, 2011 5:12:41 PM

NOW, I ONLY recommend 4GB/stick density - period; so 100% 2x4GB.
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August 8, 2011 5:20:06 PM

I want to Thank Both jaquith and Leaps-From-Shadows for your input. It has been a huge help! If anyone else has input, it is surely welcome. I will post my decision on friday, and my order for parts will be places Monday, August 15th. A full build will be put on here for discussion and input! Thanks!
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August 8, 2011 5:39:13 PM

Latest Update:

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600.
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a c 347 } Memory
August 8, 2011 6:10:06 PM

No...not Patriot! Stick with Corsair, G.SKILL, Kingston, Mushkin or basic Crucial.
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August 9, 2011 11:26:45 AM

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case $100 (after rebate)

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard $140

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) $170 (after rebate)

ABS Majesty series MJ1100-M Continuous 1100W@50°C ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail, Modular Flat Cable ... $180 (great reviews!)

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 $75

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz $88

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler $58

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $65

Total - (Before Shipping) $875
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August 9, 2011 11:46:10 AM

The Corsair Model is : CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R
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August 9, 2011 1:12:26 PM

What is the MSI Afterburner? Heatsink/Fan? also, the card looks amazing and is still in my price range. Everything else looks compatible and quality for cost appropriate?
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August 9, 2011 6:27:26 PM

Afterburner is a Windows program used for overclocking graphics cards. It's quite good, and I use it for mine.
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August 10, 2011 10:40:14 AM

From research on my end, the PSU was actually adequate if in the future i wanted to use the SLI features and double up my vid card. Only 900W are designated to the 12V rail, which makes it a close cut if i tend to OC my system as hard as i can. I will take your recommendations on the PSU though, as Corsair is a much more trusted brand. The Plus Certified Bronze HX650W is very nice. I do like my Zalman HSF though. Cheaper than Thermaltake and all copper! very nice feature. I did update my case though to the
AzzA 2000.
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August 10, 2011 10:47:19 AM

-AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black SECC Japanese Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

-GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

-AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX

-ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835118046

-PNY VCGGTX560XPB GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

-Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X1K2/8GX

-HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723015BLA642 (0F12114) 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
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August 10, 2011 10:57:05 AM

-upgraded to the AX750 80 Plus Gold Certified.
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August 17, 2011 11:42:45 AM

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