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EVGA 680i 4gb pc2-8500 - possible ?

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post, and as it will soon become obvious to all of you, I am a total noob....

so with that out of the way on to my no doubt painfully obvious question.

I currently have an EVGA 680i, and I initially ran it wiv the ram in my signature, but I have just purchased 2gb of crucial ballistix pc-8500 ram, but now I am an concerned that it may not even be possible to run this setup without the ram defualting back to 800mhz, thus making the whole upgrade fairly pointless.
If it is possible then great....
If it isn't possible and whatever happens I am doomed to run 1066 ram at 800mhz then balls, but ah well....
If it is possible to run the ram at 1066mhz, but I need to do one or two things, could someone guide me through it ? I have seen the thread for overclocking my mobo with a Q6600 but I was unable to find the exact answer I was looking for,

please someone put my mind at rest, and appologies if this has already been covered previously,

many thanks

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You won't be able to see more than 3gb depending on your system with a 32bit OS. If you plan on running XP 64 or Vista 64 you might still have the 800mhz problem, but you could always put them in 1T and not miss much of the performance, but I'm no ram expert by far.
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My friend ran 4x1Gb Ballistix DDR2 1066 (8500) in his eVGA 680i board. The 4 modules put a lot of strain on the board, so you wont get as high an overclock on 4 as you would with just 2, but they will run 1066.
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Hey Ericeod just because I have no clue, how does the RAM put a strain on the board?
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Hey Ericeod just because I have no clue, how does the RAM put a strain on the board?
the more memory modules make the memory controller integrated into the northbridge work harder. The NVIDIA chipset is not as good at using 4 modules as the Intel chipset. But it does affect them both. You will get less of an OC, and sometimes have to increase the ram's voltage to achieve the same OC you had with 2 modules.
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the more memory modules make the memory controller integrated into the northbridge work harder. The NVIDIA chipset is not as good at using 4 modules as the Intel chipset. But it does affect them both. You will get less of an OC, and sometimes have to increase the ram's voltage to achieve the same OC you had with 2 modules.
Yup, some users have a hard time hitting 1066MHz with 4 DIMMs while it works fine with 2 DUMMs. The memory controller just can't handle it.
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Ahh cool good information to know... I guess I never really used 4 DIMM... Cept for now ;P
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