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Is DDR2 that bad today?

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I'm thinking of going with a Dual LGA771 setup, because having the idea of 2 quad cores amuses me, and I think it would perform pretty well. I've been looking at an HP XW6400 motherboard and Xeon 5345's. this all sounds good, but the motherboard only supports DDR2. Preferably I would like DDR3, obviously, but is the slower speed of DDR2 really worth the trade-off between 2 quad cores? Thanks thumb.gif
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If you're willing to put up with the original 65nm Core architecture, then DDR2 won't be a problem either.
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Hmmm. Would E5410's be better? They're 45 nm btw.
Edited by KillThePancake - 3/13/13 at 4:12pm
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I'd definitely take the Harpertown E5410 over the Clovertown E5345. They're both Socket 771, so they should both be compatible with the motherboard. Of course, double-check that before buying anything...
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I think DDR2 is still perfectly usable, sure. Obviously DDR3 is a fair bit faster, but DDR2 isn't bang-your-head-against-the-wall slow.

Also, get the E5410. There's plenty of advantages 45nm has over 65nm, or rather just the advantages of being smaller, which is why we're still seeing die shrinks occurring (though it's slowed somewhat) whenever possible.
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Ok, I'll think about it. I might just take the DDR2 compromise and go with the e5410. Thanks guys.
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