CPU Intel Socket 775 Core™2 Quad/Pentium® Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4/Celeron Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel® 45nm CPU
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ready
* Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel 45nm CPU
Chipset nForce 650i SLI
Front Side Bus 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
Memory 4 x DIMM, 8 GB, DDR2 800/667/533 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe x16 , Single VGA mode: x16 (Default), SLI mode: x8, x8
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI 2.2
2 xUltraDMA 133/100/66/33
4 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,0+1,5,JBOD
1 x External Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s (SATA On-the-Go)
The cost of a good motherboard (even a used one) and DDR2 memory is almost as much as a DDR3 motherboard, memory and CPU. Mixing memory when more than 8GB is installed may lead to system instability and that certainly isn't acceptable when running VMs.
I have 16GB of DDR2 in a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P and it's stable running VMware server on Windows Server 2008 (no crash in one year), but the cost of the 16GB memory kit was $330. If I had to do it now, I'd use a current processor, 16GB of DDR3 memory, etc. I also have an Asus P5Q Deluxe, but I wouldn't trust it with the same 16GB kit because it never was as stable as the Gigabyte.
November 12, 2012 6:02:12 AM
the price alone for ddr2 is enough to buy a new motherboard and 8gb of ddr3 ram. mixing ram isnt a good idea