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post #1 of 12
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Hello guys.. the titles pretty self explanatory.....

Im basically going to build a new system which will consist of a 790i ultra a Q6600 and bla bla...

only issue is.. ddr3 ram sucks at the moment to be honest... for a decent kit you have to spend hundreds.. where as with DDR2.. i can get a brutal 4gb kit for under a hundred pounds.. and i dont have the money to spend hundreds on ram to be honest..

so im wondering.. is DDR2 and DDR3 the same socket?? only because DDR (184pin) and DDR2 (240pin) are different..

And also will it actualy work on a 790i ultra
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post #2 of 12
DDR2 is not gonna work in a DDR3 socket......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3
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post #3 of 12
No wont work, get a 780i if you want DDR2
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i was affraid that was going to be the answer.... just so i know.. how comes it wont work... different socket???,, something to do with clocks??
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy geezer View Post
i was affraid that was going to be the answer.... just so i know.. how comes it wont work... different socket???,, something to do with clocks??
No from what I can gather its a voltage thing....DDR3 requires 1.5v compared to at least 1.8v of DDR2. The sockets don't match up either....
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post #6 of 12
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ohh brilliant thanks for that mate.. looks like my options are DDR2 and a 780i or the costly option of 790i ultra and DDR3...

Realistically.. how much of a performance gap is there between the two?
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post #7 of 12
DDR2 has a lower CAS latency/timings then DDR3. However, DDR3 can reach a much frequency than DDR2 can.
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post #8 of 12
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Whats that... FPS wise.. (games is all i do)
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy geezer View Post
Whats that... FPS wise.. (games is all i do)
Each game reacts differently. Some are more memory intensive while others are more CPU intensive. Personally I am gonna stick with DDR2 for a while.
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post #10 of 12
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thanks for that dude.. appreciate it
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