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I've recently have read the sticky on ram 101 and it says that I can run any speed of ram, and yet on my motherboard specs, it says it ONLY supports 2 speeds of ddr2. I was looking into buying some high speed ram so I can save money whenever I decide to buy a motherboard what can run ddr2 800 ram at full speed, instead of just buying crappy ddr2 533's to upgrade what I have now. I am still unclear about what I can and cannot do with ram. I also am not sure of latency timings, can i run any timing as long its the correct type of ram/speed? I'm very confused. Thanks for your help.


--Mobo = Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo--
Memory Support
DDR 400/333
DDR2 533/400
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post #2 of 6
I'm not sure how the GIGABYTE board would react with RAM that's higher than the "recommended" speed but in my ASUS P5WD2-Premium, according to ASUS, it could only support up to 800 but I bought some 1000 and in the BIOS and everything else, the modules were red at 800mhz, even though I got them up to 520mhz.

The only thing that could happen if you put higher speed modules in your GIGA, it's that it will not boot.

And If I were you, I wouldn't worry nor buy DDR2 800 because that chipset alone is not capable of handling no more than 300fsb, I think it hits a wall at around 250-275 which means on a 4:5 ratio, the RAM wouldn't even hit 800mhz ever. I seriously doubt that the MoBo is capable of 1:2 ratio.

So, get some good quality DDR2 553 but I don't think there's that many around or a nice kit of DDR2 667, IMO, get the Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675, they have PROMOS but fairly decent for overclocking, and they won't be pushed that hard when you're pairing them with a 915P chipset.
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BEWARE: Some BIOS revisions have problems with different manufacturers of high speed ram. It's a crap shoot.

EDIT: what Nasgul said....
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Bah thats not good news, btw Nasgul I wanted to buy high speed ram for future use whenever i get a better pc setup, not for insane mad overclocking.
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p4 prescott 3 ghz Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo ATI Radeon x800xl 1.5 gig ddr 400 in dual channel 
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200 gig sata seagate Windows xp pro Samsung 20'' widescreen, 205bw 700w ocz gameXtreme 
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p4 prescott 3 ghz Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo ATI Radeon x800xl 1.5 gig ddr 400 in dual channel 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
200 gig sata seagate Windows xp pro Samsung 20'' widescreen, 205bw 700w ocz gameXtreme 
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Yeah, but, there is a chance that the ram will not boot at all. I've seen two pairs of really high quality PC8000 ram (different manufacturers) not boot on a P5W32N-SLI board.
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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MATSHITA BD-CMB UJ160 Blu Ray DVD writer Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 x64 
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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MATSHITA BD-CMB UJ160 Blu Ray DVD writer Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 x64 
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post #6 of 6
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So what are you saying here? Should I wait till I gather up enough money to build a high end system all at onece?
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p4 prescott 3 ghz Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo ATI Radeon x800xl 1.5 gig ddr 400 in dual channel 
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p4 prescott 3 ghz Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo ATI Radeon x800xl 1.5 gig ddr 400 in dual channel 
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200 gig sata seagate Windows xp pro Samsung 20'' widescreen, 205bw 700w ocz gameXtreme 
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