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Old 06-08-2006, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Motherboard Forcing memory to run slower than maximum

I purchased a new motherboard and after looking through the Manuel discovered that if double sided memory is used in both the DIMM slots the maximum speed is reduced from DDR 400 to DDR 333. I use a pair of 512 DDR 400 sticks that are double sided. If I use this motherboard with my memory and the memory speed is reduced to 333, how much of a performance hit would I take when playing games such as BF2?

[size=0.5]CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000 Socket 754
Mobo: MSI K8T Neo
Memory: Cosair value select 2 X 512MB PC3200 CAS 2.5
HD: 2x 80GB SATA Seagate Barracuda 7200 in Raid 0
Video: Leadtek Geforce 6800 GT
Speakers: Logitech z640 [/size]
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Old 06-08-2006, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its because you have a socket 754 amd. It runs the sticks @ 166MHz. You can overclock the cpu but you'll need better cooling than stock.

It won't slow your games down that much as long as the timings stay tight. Try lowering the CAS to 2.
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