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Hi Folks, I have the Ga 890FXA UD5, and I just wanted to confirm that will 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz ram sticks will work ? I mean if there are any user's who currently use the same. I am asking this because on Gigabytes website it shows "Support for DDR3 2000(OC)/1333/1066 MHz memory modules" where they dont mention 1600Mhz and also because I recently returned 2 pairs of Gskil Ripjaws 1600 Mhz Ram stick following a series of BSod's, and memtest errors. And got myself a pair of corsair xms3 1600 2x4gb modules, but I am very scared of opening the box as I dont want this to fail coz then again following an RMA would be very very difficult.

ANy help and advise in this direction will be greatly appreciated :-)
Edited by saifbukhari - 5/17/11 at 1:14pm
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I managed to break the PCI-E slot of my GA-890GPA so I had contacted a retailer about the FXA. They had the last one in stock with the revision of 2.1 so I may as well just order from Newegg for the 3.1.

Thanks for the clarification.
How in the world did you do that? I've also used the 890-GPA, and found it to be a more cooperative board than the UD5, frankly. On top of that, it's been handling a 140 watt 965 for the better part of a year, with zero issues.
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How in the world did you do that? I've also used the 890-GPA, and found it to be a more cooperative board than the UD5, frankly. On top of that, it's been handling a 140 watt 965 for the better part of a year, with zero issues.
Oh I reached the new ultimate retarded level of not releasing the latches attached to my two GPU's. I pulled and they came off with relative ease so I thought nothing was wrong until I saw that half the PCI E slot came with one, and the latch broke on the other.

Sometimes I wonder.

In comparison to the GPA then, would you say that the two x16 slots of the FXA are more suitable than the x16/x8 combination of the GPA for crossfire? Because besides that, I don't see the value in paying more for the FXA.
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The bandwidth between X8 and X16 is really a non-issue with current cards. If I remember, the GPA (UD3) will be x8/x8 with crossfire. I've seen some reviews between the differences, and I believe the performance gain with x16 is around 2%, which makes it a moot point. If you're really going to replace your board, I'd honestly suggest an Asus 890GX board, as I have one of those, too, and it's been the most solid of any AM3 board I've used, as well as running cold (room temp usually). The UD5 is a great board for more cross-firing, or heavy overclocking, but the Asus board has put up identical numbers.
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I would go with the Asus board, however I do tend to overclock from time to time and I'd like a board that is going to be compatible with the new AMD CPU's coming out, so I'll need something that supports AM3+ Unfortunately the Asus ones that are are also a little out of my price range for a rookie mistake. But if you could recommend me another AM3+ board please do!
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Biokinetica: I would say it is not, but ultimately, that is a decision you must reach on your own. There is no such thing as a "stable" rig, only "stable enough," and if three hours is good enough for you, then it is fine. My rig passed 24 hours, and look at all the problems I am still having with it.
I ended up letting it go for seven hours before stopping it to do an update.

Would you have any advice on voltage and moving forward? So far, this is 225 × 16 with the ram at 6-8-6-20T-2T.
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I would go with the Asus board, however I do tend to overclock from time to time and I'd like a board that is going to be compatible with the new AMD CPU's coming out, so I'll need something that supports AM3+ Unfortunately the Asus ones that are are also a little out of my price range for a rookie mistake. But if you could recommend me another AM3+ board please do!
The Asus AM3 890GX board is slated (according to Asus) to support AM3+ Bulldozer chips, albeit without some of the power gating features (not a big deal i.m.o.). Also, that board runs $10-$20 USD more than the UD3 you have, and at least $20 less than the UD5. To date the UD5 v3.1 is very tough to find online; one place has it for ~$230 US.

For what it's worth, I've dealt with about 5 different high end AM3 boards (790FX, 890GX/FX chipsets), and the Asus I linked above will stand toe-to-toe with the UD5, as I've had identical overclocks on a a 740BE and 1090T, but the Asus was far less flaky with RAM. I'm building a system for a family member, and am heavily considering letting them have my UD5, as it's been an underwhelming experience, especially for the price.
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trevorjames: Unless you have a dual-GPU board, 8x is fine for almost any GPU.

Biokinetica: I like to keep my voltage within 100 mV of spec if at all possible. For a Thuban, that would mean 1.425 V or lower, but since Turbo bumps that to 1.475 V, I would say no more than 1.450 V with Turbo disabled.
     
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Hi, I have a question for UnexplodedCow but also anyone elce willing to help.

This may seem noobish but I simply want someone that knows what their talking about to re-enforce, correct and help the research into my next purchase.

I've just bought the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 rev 2.1 board, its installed with 8gb Corsair ram... A mish mash of 3x2gb 1333mhz cas9 Crosair XMS3 sticks and a generic 2gb 1333mhz Cas9 Corsair stick. Long story short, I had a dead stick, instead of RMA'ing the set, I was lazy and just threw in a stick of the same spec. Which is now causing my system to BSOD with a memory error.
I want 8gb of memory and I'd prefer if I could do it with 2 sticks rather than 4.
I simply don't like overclocking but it does interest me and as-long as I knew an over-clock would be 110% stable, I would do it.

So heres my question...
From this list (pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=186_538_913) could you please pick for me- a few sets of 2x4gb kits that would work straight out of the box and into my new system with no hassles, no nothing.
Then could you also pick out the 2x4gb kit that you would recommend, maybe some light over-clocking/tweaking if your willing to help me with it and I would be deeply appreciative if you did.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Almost forgot the full system spec's...
MB: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5
CPU: AMD 1090T - Noctua NH-C14
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2GB x 3 - Corsair generic 2GB
GPU1: Gigabyte HD-6970
GPU2: HIS HD-6970
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SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (OS)
HDD1: WD 1TB
HDD2: WD 600GB
PSU: SilverStone Strider 1000W

Everything at the moment is running at stock speed. But only because I'd prefer to have this system 100% stable.
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trevorjames: Unless you have a dual-GPU board, 8x is fine for almost any GPU.

Biokinetica: I like to keep my voltage within 100 mV of spec if at all possible. For a Thuban, that would mean 1.425 V or lower, but since Turbo bumps that to 1.475 V, I would say no more than 1.450 V with Turbo disabled.
Yup. .1 volts beyond stock is about where I draw the line for 24/7 OCing, even with water. I'm not really worried about the Thuban, since the chip can reliably run at turbo mode voltage for 24/7, but it will put out a considerable amount of heat with all 6 cores in use, and I believe that is why AMD created a limit. Besides, 4.0Ghz seems to be a sweet spot for many Thubans.



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Hi, I have a question for UnexplodedCow but also anyone elce willing to help.

This may seem noobish but I simply want someone that knows what their talking about to re-enforce, correct and help the research into my next purchase.

I've just bought the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 rev 2.1 board, its installed with 8gb Corsair ram... A mish mash of 3x2gb 1333mhz cas9 Crosair XMS3 sticks and a generic 2gb 1333mhz Cas9 Corsair stick. Long story short, I had a dead stick, instead of RMA'ing the set, I was lazy and just threw in a stick of the same spec. Which is now causing my system to BSOD with a memory error.
I want 8gb of memory and I'd prefer if I could do it with 2 sticks rather than 4.
I simply don't like overclocking but it does interest me and as-long as I knew an over-clock would be 110% stable, I would do it.

So heres my question...
From this list (pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=186_538_913) could you please pick for me- a few sets of 2x4gb kits that would work straight out of the box and into my new system with no hassles, no nothing.
Then could you also pick out the 2x4gb kit that you would recommend, maybe some light over-clocking/tweaking if your willing to help me with it and I would be deeply appreciative if you did.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Almost forgot the full system spec's...
MB: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5
CPU: AMD 1090T - Noctua NH-C14
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2GB x 3 - Corsair generic 2GB
GPU1: Gigabyte HD-6970
GPU2: HIS HD-6970
SC: Asus Xonar D2X
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (OS)
HDD1: WD 1TB
HDD2: WD 600GB
PSU: SilverStone Strider 1000W

Everything at the moment is running at stock speed. But only because I'd prefer to have this system 100% stable.

I have to admit that your system specs are pretty solid. That heatsink will prove more potent with a stronger fan (120x38mm Panaflo Ultra comes to mind), but the stock one will be plenty good, and very quiet, for decent overclocking (depending on your case airflow) up to about 3.6-3.8 (voltage dependent) while staying under the 62C max temp.

I've run the 1333 version of these Gskill modules amd while they wouldn't run tighter timings, they were quite stable, even though not on the QVL. I would suggest not going with Ripjaws X, particularly the 2x4 14900 model since those sticks refuse to run at all. The Corsair Vengeance C8 sticks might be good, but I have no experience with them (I've had no real issues out of Corsair in my board). The Dominator 2x4 kit is more expensive, but may be fine, too.
I would like to point out that I have noticed zero difference (outside of overclocking) between powering 2x4 or 4x2 setups of RAM on my Thuban. On the UD5 I've had the best luck with the current 4x2 Dominator kit, as I was able to get it to 7-8-7-22 1T timings, and gave the IMC a little more voltage. I was unable to succeed with any 2x4 kit. 4 GB, in any form, seems to be easy on these memory controllers. Adding more just increases the strain, hence some of the issues. V2.1 has the memory slots shifted around, which may mitigate the issues V2.0 has (again, I don't know, but would love to play with the boards). Given that other AM3 makers were already using the memory layout that V2.1 has, I'd say it's probably superior. Anyway, for the money, I'd go with what I linked to, and if in doubt, go with a 4x2 Eco kit. It'll at least be more stable than that mash-up you have.

Also, for what it's worth, I did have a mash-up of RAM (DDR1 266, or PC2100 to you who go by the other rating) years ago, and successfully overclocked them from their stock 133 Mhz, to 200. Both were Kingston Value Ram, Cl of 2.5. One used Samsung chips, and the other had Hynix. I ran that system for about a year with the RAM like that, and had no issues . It was the best RAM OC I ever had, and I doubt I'll get that far again. Mostly I just try to keep tight timings and reasonable voltages.

I will say that Phenom2 chips will deal with RAM that runs on 1.9V (early DDR3), as I did that for about 6 months straight, and that chip is now powering a 2x4 kit. No issues.

Sorry for the ramblings; I need more coffee.
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