I just purchased an ASUS P4S533, by all accounts it should be a good board, however, I am finding that it just doesn't measure up to my expectations.
I was under the impression that this board would handle ddr 400 (PC3200 ram at CAS Latency 2). I purchased Corsair PC3200 ram capeable of Latency 2 at great expense (over 700 CAD) and now I fear I am not getting any benifit from the ram. I was thinking that I would wait until the nwe year and purchase the Gigabyte 8INXP but this also appears not to support my ram. Does anybody have any suggestions?
A new Memory module from OCZ is leaving every other PC3500/PC3200 memory module in the dust, including Corsair. It's optimized for Dual-Channel DDR configs and it's reasonably priced. It's called the OCZ PC3500 Enhanced Latency (EL) memory module. It can be purchased from <A HREF="http://www.coldconcept.com/default.php/cPath/39_42/osCs..." target="_new">here</A>. They ship to canada.
Gigabyte 8INXP motherboard
Two OCZ 256MB PC3500 Enhanced Latency (EL) memory modules
I really do not want to trash my ram I own 1 Gig and it was quite dear. I would like to get a Motherboard that will take advantage of this ram. So to clarify my question, will a board that supports PC1600 RAM support PC3200 RAM? If my board will oporate with the ram installed and is stable is it being utilized? How can I tell?
If my board will oporate with the ram installed and is stable is it being utilized?
It's only being utilized as much as you specify. If you run your DDR400 memory at DDR266 speed, then it is virtually identical to a DDR266 module and most of its' potential is being wasted. The best board to utilize that RAM is Gigabyte 8INXP. And if you overclock, your going to have a system with loads of performance potential.