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RAM recommendations for athlon 64??

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Warmonger

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Any experience for terms of overclockability and stability for the following RAM?
Planning to get Athlon 64 3200+ and MSI K8N Neo and 2 x 512 mb

1. OCZ PC4000 EL Gold
CL 2.5-4-4-7
2.8V

2. Corsair PC4000 XMS platinum
3-4-4-8
2.75V

3. Geil PC4000 Ultra platinum
CAS 2.5 7-4-4
2.6V-3.1V

Any others??
I'm leaning on OCZ EL gold but I would like your experiences.
Thanks!!
 

KOXC2003

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I don't own a A64 but OCZ seems to work great with A64 from what I've seen/ read. Corsair... very patchy results, I wouldn't suggest going with them. Geil seems to work well to, but I would still suggest the PC4000 OCZ EL over it. What kind of cooling are you going to use on your CPU?
 

Gautam

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Welcome to the forums!

OCZ 3200/3500/3700 EB. None other. Forget about PC4000 with 2x512; you won't get past 230-240 for anything. The A64 isn't quite well suited for high latency/high speed modules, but then again, IMHO, no platform is. 2x512 especially is a nightmare to get running fast, so you want low latencies and low speeds.
 

kiyoshilionz

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Gautam said:
Welcome to the forums!

OCZ 3200/3500/3700 EB. None other. Forget about PC4000 with 2x512; you won't get past 230-240 for anything. The A64 isn't quite well suited for high latency/high speed modules, but then again, IMHO, no platform is. 2x512 especially is a nightmare to get running fast, so you want low latencies and low speeds.
I'll agree to that, I have that PC4000EL Gold you talked about (But only 2 x 256) and I can't get it to the rated speed. I haven't tried changing the FSB/memory ratio but I don't even know if I'll be able to get it there. But on P4 systems, which are masters of high clock speeds, this kinda stuff is great, cuz it's rated at high speed and can go even higher. I've seen reviews where it's gotten over 275.
 

ap673

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Why do they even make PC4000 ram if base mhz for FSB and HTT are still 200mhz? Is it just for overclocking?
 

MiNdWaRp

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So, would there be a major performance hit between 2x1024 of the 3200EB vs. 4x512 of 3700 or 3500?
 

mrspec3

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MiNdWaRp said:
So, would there be a major performance hit between 2x1024 of the 3200EB vs. 4x512 of 3700 or 3500?

It would be about the same but the 512's would clock higher I think. I've only seen one person overclocking the 1GB EB sticks and he hit 230-235Mhz 2.5-2-2-6 with 2.8V if I recall correctly

But I would take the EB ram over the high latency stuff, but if you want pc4000 then OCZ or Komusa are the way to go

Steve