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Motherboards that are stable with 4x2GB or 4x4GB loaded DIMMS
c8h10n4o2! 
8/8/08 11:11:15 PM
Serf
Hello :)

Thanks to a nice Mr. Tax man this year I've decided to upgrade my computer. I'm my spare time during the past 2 weeks, I've been researching my choices & have just managed to get a lot more questions then answers RE: what MB to choose.

Hopefully some enthusiasts & people who work in the industry can help me to decide, well at least that's the plan.

Let me throw some of my requirements out to you.

Intel core2 quad Socket T 775 45nm quad core chip is what I have decided on for a CPU (probably a Q9450)

Able to handle a minimum of 4x2GB DDR2 RAM 8GB. This is the stickler for me & also where I'm having the most trouble identifying a fit. It needs to be stable using 4x2GB modules in each DIMM from the get go , 4x4GB would be better but I don't want to push it I'd like to use a minimum of DDR2-800 but would probably settle for DDR2-667.

I'd preferably want to steer clear of nVidia chipsets.

At least 1x16 PCI-E 2.0 for a decent ati card. Crossfire is probably not going to happen. I have an SLI system now & for me I just figure it was pretty much pointless.

It will mainly be running multiple applications 24x7 including the odd game, but mostly hosting VM's & multitasking. Probably on board RAID 0 as well for the OS drive.

Oh I guess this is where I mention I'd like to budget a max of about $350 or less. Is that unrealistic?

Is there anything I've forgotten or should consider?

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TheFrunj 
9/8/08 12:16:00 AM
Titan

I'd suggest a Gigabyte X48 board in the DS5 flavour.

But I haven't seen it used with 8GB of RAM (which tbh seems extremely excessive).

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c8h10n4o2! 
9/8/08 1:23:33 AM
Serf
Thanks I'll take a look. Gigabyte only seem to offer one x48 board, is this the one you mean?
http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@PGYEEWKVMP7PWS53JXOJGOZBPHN3ZK

If anyone has run 8gb in their DIMMS I'd appreciate any feedback about weather it caused you drama's. Of course I'm not talking about server grade stuff.

Actually TheFrunj it makes a lot more sense to go 8GB then 4GB, I can explain but not here as it's off topic.

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TheFrunj 
9/8/08 1:48:43 AM
Titan

http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=X48-DS5

That is what I meant, though the DQ6 is a decent board (just a little overspecced/priced).

And don't worry about the 8GB of RAM, I'm sure you have your reasons :)

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illdrift 
9/8/08 8:27:19 AM
Overlord

ddr2-800 isn't that hard for a motherboard, you should be able to run 8gb on any of the p35/45 and x38/48 motherboards. I used 8gb on a 780i.

The only problem is installing vista, you might have to do it with only one 2gb dimm in.

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robzy 
9/8/08 12:40:32 PM
Hero
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Quote by TheFrunj
But I haven't seen it used with 8GB of RAM (which tbh seems extremely excessive).


The man from Asus at Atomic Live Forum gave a very good reason: RAM is so cheap, so why wouldn't we load up with 8gb?

:P

Rob.

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eckythump 
9/8/08 1:03:23 PM
Overlord

If the motherboard says it supports X GB of RAM, then I'd be fairly confident that it'd be fine.

The instability issues people have when using 4 sticks of RAM rather than 2 usually arises when they're overclocking the RAM and trying to run it as lower latency timings. But since you just want plain-jane DDR2-800 I don't see why 4x2GB would be any different to 4x1GB as far as the motherboard is concerned. That's my thoughts, and I could be wrong. :)

I've never actually seen any 4GB DIMMs for sale, not that I've actively looked. Perhaps you should look at 2x4GB instead, with an option of adding more later?

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sicmic 
12/8/08 3:58:10 PM
Guru

We build systems quite regularly at work with 8GB. We mostly use gigabyte mobo's and have used EP31-DS4L all the way up to X38, X48 boards. All of them have handled the 8GB no problems. Also, just to give you another brand to look at, we've also used the Asus P5N-D with 8GB with no probs. As a general rule, you'll find most current mobo's will run 8GB with no problems.

Umm, why DDR2-667? Go either 800 or 1066.

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tornado33 
16/8/08 12:44:31 AM
Champion

My systems running 8GB fine, and even did so with the original BIOS. The ram I use is 1066MHz (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G) Kingston and is on the boards QVL list. Im a big fan now of using QVL only ram, as I know it will work.

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c2006 
26/8/08 11:25:44 AM
Journeyman

Quote by tornado33
My systems running 8GB fine, and even did so with the original BIOS. The ram I use is 1066MHz (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G) Kingston and is on the boards QVL list. Im a big fan now of using QVL only ram, as I know it will work.



That is, provided you don't get bad sticks. It DOES happen...

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Well, it beats my old P4 by a mile!

confined 
26/8/08 12:26:46 PM
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Quote by tornado33
My systems running 8GB fine, and even did so with the original BIOS. The ram I use is 1066MHz (KVR1066D3N7K2/4G) Kingston and is on the boards QVL list. Im a big fan now of using QVL only ram, as I know it will work.


Holy crap. Long time no see!


On topic - ASUS P5Q-Pro was fine with 4x2GB Corsair Twin2X 1066MHz Dominator RAM modules that we built for a customer. Was running slow as hell until I updated the BIOS from 0506 to the latest one, though (1044 or something IIRC).

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