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February 26, 2011 1:57:51 PM

tyme writes; Currently its installed in a AM2/AM2+ MB (Gig.) GA-MA78GM-US2H , (AMD 780G/AMD SB700) w/4G 800Mhz.Ram. My Question is , What is the Benefit of an AM3 MB with highest Ram? I'm I holding this CPU back with current setup? Is anyone running one of these? Whats A good AM3 MB for this CPU, and recommended Ram, to get the most out of the CPU.Thanks all...P.s I like this CPU and the cooler I'm using does a great job , keeping temp. low Scythe 2000 RT

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February 26, 2011 2:54:37 PM

DDR3 RAM will probably only benefit you in a AM3 motherboard with only a few percent advantage at best (like perhaps a 5% advantage compared with DDR3 -1600 or a 3 % advantage with DDR3-1333.Myself I have a Phenom II X3 740 CPU in a Foxconn Cinema Premium AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and am using some spare DDR2-800.I am quite satisfied with it.

You are holding your CPU back only slightly but it's not really cost effective for you to get a AM3 motherboard if your AM2+ motherboard is working fine.



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February 26, 2011 3:38:39 PM

If you decide to make the move to DDR3, wait a month or so and see what the AM3+ landscape may hold for you.

Your CPU will be compatible, and AM3+ will open up some interesting future possibilities for you.
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February 26, 2011 4:18:51 PM

Definitely wait it out for AMD's new offerings, or Sandy Bridge.
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February 26, 2011 4:54:38 PM

moving to ddr3 wont make u see any real time performance boost, wait till the new amd cpus come out or wait till intel ships there sandy bridge plateform thats been fixed,

the wait will be worth it :) 
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February 26, 2011 5:06:55 PM

Best answer selected by tymeracer939.
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February 26, 2011 5:17:28 PM

jj463rd said:
DDR3 RAM will probably only benefit you in a AM3 motherboard with only a few percent advantage at best (like perhaps a 5% advantage compared with DDR3 -1600 or a 3 % advantage with DDR3-1333.Myself I have a Phenom II X3 740 CPU in a Foxconn Cinema Premium AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and am using some spare DDR2-800.I am quite satisfied with it.

You are holding your CPU back only slightly but it's not really cost effective for you to get a AM3 motherboard if your AM2+ motherboard is working fine.
tyme writes: Thanks for the information....///......I didn't know the DDR3 % advantages. I'm satisfied with mine also, not cost effective , at this point. Again Thanks!!!
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