For what it's worth, AMD is going to release the XP3200+ this month, with a 400 MHz FSB. For the small difference in price, go for the DDR 400 and plan to be able to run synchronously with the newer processors. As for now, sure, run it at 333.
Thanks, that's all I needed to know. I'll get the 400 for future compatability, though it isn't likely that I'll upgrade the proc again on the board. More than likely the next upgrade will be after I graduate, and get an Opteron.
Athlon XP 1600+, MSI K7T PRO2 RU (POS), 2x256 MB CRUCIAL PC2100 CL2.5 memory, Asus V6800 DDR Delux (GF 256) video card, 6.4GB+27GB WD HD, 40GB IBM HD (all 7200RPM). My computer is an acronym
Why do you say it's BS? Do you think I'm making this up, or what?
Like I said above - early benchmarks showed that in Dual Channel mode PC3200 DDR performed less well than PC2700 DDR. Memory running in sync with the FSB.
Now, *why* this may be I have no idea - whether it had somethign to do with the memory sticks, or the motherboard, or the revision of the nForce2 chipset. I don't know.
But I haven't seen ANY benchmarks which show things have changed, which show the above not to be true. Which is why I said, if anyone can point me to some benches that show that, in sync Dual Channel mode, DDR400 performs better than 333DDR I'll be very interested.
You asked for a link to the benchmarks I refer to - unfortunately I can't remember what site they were on (it's months ago). I've been Googling and reading various websites for the last 2 hours or so, but no luck yet. If I DO come accross it again I'll post a link here.
My request also still stands - if anyone can show a website that shows the above NOT to be correct, please post a link!
you can see in this article that DDR333 does indeed do better in the gaming/theoretical portion of the benchmarking, but DDR400 is better in real world apps and the like for the most part. I believe that the Newest versions of the Nforce2 chipset fix this issue, though I can't find that article yet.
That link does not prove or even claim to prove what has been asserted here.
All these benchmarks were done with system settings which optimize DDR333. There is nothing showing what the system/s do/es with a FSB speed of 200MHz. There is incomplete data to draw this conclusion from that data.