RAM speed and Hyperthreading confusion
I'm building a low-cost system, and the Biostar motherboard I got said that the DDR standard on it was PC3200 (DDR400), so that's the speed I ordered.
The CPU will be the Intel Celeron 2.00Ghz/400 FSB. When I called Biostar tech support, they said that the PC3200 memory I got will only run at 266Mhz (equivilent to PC2100), because of some limitation of the CPU, and if I wanted my memory to run at 3200 I would need to get a CPU that supported Hyperthreading.
The thing I can't grasp is, does everyone need a CPU with Hyperthreading to get their memory to run at 400Mhz? I thought PC3200 was becoming more of a standard now, and I didn't see many chips that had the Hyperthreading technology, and I can't imagine that no one is achieving PC3200 speed without one of those CPU's.
Can anyone help clear this up for me?