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Thread: Yet one more question on the ASUS A7N8X Deluxe...




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    OK, I have ordered my new ASUS A7N8X Deluxe MB RETAIL BOXED from newegg today and should have it in a few days. Now all I need is some memory for it!(by the way, they are having a SALE at newegg.com...they knock off $10.00 and give FREE SHIPPING so I only paid $122.99 for the Asus A7N8X Deluxe RETAIL MB!) I am going with 512mb of PC 2700 (333 mgz) because I read that if you do not have the latest version (2.0) for the motherboard BIOS... it won't run PC 3500 (400mgz). So I have decided to go with two single sticks of the EXACT same size (2- 256mb sticks=512mb PC 2700 DDRRAM TOTAL) My question is, does this motherboard perform any better using these so called "pairs" of memory designed for use by dual channel motherboards or are the results the same if you just use single-stick regular DDRAM and are not planning on overclocking? Personally, I think that these dual channel pairs they sell may or may not work better depending on if you OVERCLOLOCK your memory or not! Which I do NOT! So that is why I am going with 2 of the the single-sticks (exact same size, brand,etc.) as opposed to going with the "sets" of ram they sell that are supposedly optomized for dual channel nforce2 Motherboards! What do you guys think??
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    I really can't comment on the paired packs as I've never used them and XMS3500 at the time I built my XP2600+ wasn't available in twin packs so I just got two singles and I've no probs with them at all but then I use 8RDA+'s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    I really can't comment on the paired packs as I've never used them and XMS3500 at the time I built my XP2600+ wasn't available in twin packs so I just got two singles and I've no probs with them at all but then I use 8RDA+'s.

    The reason I asked, was because most of the time, I have seen the advertising for these paired packs and it usually says something about "great for overclocking" or "best for overclocking"! So it kinda gave me the impression that if you DIDN'T overclock and ran them at stock speeds they would be about the same as 2 single sticks of ram!
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    Well my 2600+ is runnin' at 2.26GHz so they're not really necessary for overclockin' either.

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    You are going to get a Revision 2.0 board from Newegg. So you can buy better memory if you want to. I would at least get some 3200 so if you need the extra "headroom" later, you have it.
    You can even get the 3500 you meantioned. You would just underclock it would be all.
    This is what I was recommended by Corsair to do. They called me back, and I talked to the guy for a while about it. That is where I got the above info from. Just in case you were wondering.

    If you ordered the board yesterday, you should have it tomorrow. Newegg, usually takes 2 days to get anywhere in the US, they are great.

    Hope this helps, have fun,
    Chez

    Personally I am waiting on my case to get here to start building my system(below).
    I went with the Geil they had on sale, and kind of wish now I went with something a little better, for OCing. I will see how it works though once it is all together.
    It is still on sale for a great deal, you might want to take a look at it.
    SFlower/Kingwin TT-201AB-W 3 window 12 bay Black/Gold ~
    Antec 480Blue modded+UV blue sleeved-hshrink from Pc-perfomance
    A7V8X Deluxe Rev. 2.0 - 2500+ Barton ~ Aero 7+ OR TT 11 Xaser w/ TT fan tube
    MSI Ti4200-VTD8X 8X AGP w/Zalman h-pipe cooler ~ Geil 2 x 512 Cas 2.5 6-3-3-2t w/Blue HS
    WD120JB 7200 8mg Cache ~ Maxtor Quantum Fireball 60GB
    Lite-on 48x24x48x16x CDRW-DVD Black ~ Aopen 56x Cdrom Black
    Enermax 3.5" Fan controller A3FATR2 ~ Round UV Blue cables/Silver braid
    2x12” UV/Blacklight CC Sound/on-off/PCI switch ~ 2x12” Thtake Blue CC Sound/on-off/PCI sw
    ALL wires UV Blue sleeved + Hshrink - Cornea CT 1904 19" LCD BLk/Slvr ~ Microsoft™ Windows XP Pro

    Knowledge is POWER

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    Quote Originally Posted by chezman
    You are going to get a Revision 2.0 board from Newegg. So you can buy better memory if you want to. I would at least get some 3200 so if you need the extra "headroom" later, you have it.
    You can even get the 3500 you meantioned. You would just underclock it would be all.
    This is what I was recommended by Corsair to do. They called me back, and I talked to the guy for a while about it. That is where I got the above info from. Just in case you were wondering.

    If you ordered the board yesterday, you should have it tomorrow. Newegg, usually takes 2 days to get anywhere in the US, they are great.

    Hope this helps, have fun,
    Chez

    Personally I am waiting on my case to get here to start building my system(below).
    I went with the Geil they had on sale, and kind of wish now I went with something a little better, for OCing. I will see how it works though once it is all together.
    It is still on sale for a great deal, you might want to take a look at it.

    I read in some of their reviews about the Geil RAM that IT DID NOT WORK in some of the ASUS A7N8X boards! But I really don't know this for a fact...only what some customers said in a review about that paticular RAM on newegg.....
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chezman
    You are going to get a Revision 2.0 board from Newegg. So you can buy better memory if you want to. I would at least get some 3200 so if you need the extra "headroom" later, you have it.
    You can even get the 3500 you meantioned. You would just underclock it would be all.
    This is what I was recommended by Corsair to do. They called me back, and I talked to the guy for a while about it. That is where I got the above info from. Just in case you were wondering.

    If you ordered the board yesterday, you should have it tomorrow. Newegg, usually takes 2 days to get anywhere in the US, they are great.

    Hope this helps, have fun,
    Chez

    Personally I am waiting on my case to get here to start building my system(below).
    I went with the Geil they had on sale, and kind of wish now I went with something a little better, for OCing. I will see how it works though once it is all together.
    It is still on sale for a great deal, you might want to take a look at it.



    Another thing is that when I get in my board, I can look in between the pci slots and the BIOS revision number of the motherboard is supposed to be there somewhere stamped on it. At least, that is what I have read!
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    • Yeah it will be silk screened in between 2-3 pci slots
    • I wish I would have went with some different ram, yet if it does work, you can't beat the price for a Gig of ram.


    Chez
    SFlower/Kingwin TT-201AB-W 3 window 12 bay Black/Gold ~
    Antec 480Blue modded+UV blue sleeved-hshrink from Pc-perfomance
    A7V8X Deluxe Rev. 2.0 - 2500+ Barton ~ Aero 7+ OR TT 11 Xaser w/ TT fan tube
    MSI Ti4200-VTD8X 8X AGP w/Zalman h-pipe cooler ~ Geil 2 x 512 Cas 2.5 6-3-3-2t w/Blue HS
    WD120JB 7200 8mg Cache ~ Maxtor Quantum Fireball 60GB
    Lite-on 48x24x48x16x CDRW-DVD Black ~ Aopen 56x Cdrom Black
    Enermax 3.5" Fan controller A3FATR2 ~ Round UV Blue cables/Silver braid
    2x12” UV/Blacklight CC Sound/on-off/PCI switch ~ 2x12” Thtake Blue CC Sound/on-off/PCI sw
    ALL wires UV Blue sleeved + Hshrink - Cornea CT 1904 19" LCD BLk/Slvr ~ Microsoft™ Windows XP Pro

    Knowledge is POWER

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    Well I really hope the ram you bought works! If it does PLEASE POST IT HERE! You can save me a TON of money! OK?
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    I get the case tomorrow, and can usually build a system in about an hour.
    I already did a LOT of prep. ALL wires are sleeved/heatshrunk, ect. It is going to look like a champ. I put a lot of effort into the aesthetics of it, so now all I need is for the performance of it to match, which it should.
    If the ram doesn't work well, I can't RMA it, its way past the timeline. That is the problem with ordering some stuff before others. It will all work out though.
    I will post how it all works tomorrow night, or Tuesday, depending on how things go.

    Regards,
    Chez

    EDIT - I have 4 machines, so if the Geil doesn't work, I will put it in another machine, and get what I really wanted in the 1st place but just couldn't pass up the price.
    SFlower/Kingwin TT-201AB-W 3 window 12 bay Black/Gold ~
    Antec 480Blue modded+UV blue sleeved-hshrink from Pc-perfomance
    A7V8X Deluxe Rev. 2.0 - 2500+ Barton ~ Aero 7+ OR TT 11 Xaser w/ TT fan tube
    MSI Ti4200-VTD8X 8X AGP w/Zalman h-pipe cooler ~ Geil 2 x 512 Cas 2.5 6-3-3-2t w/Blue HS
    WD120JB 7200 8mg Cache ~ Maxtor Quantum Fireball 60GB
    Lite-on 48x24x48x16x CDRW-DVD Black ~ Aopen 56x Cdrom Black
    Enermax 3.5" Fan controller A3FATR2 ~ Round UV Blue cables/Silver braid
    2x12” UV/Blacklight CC Sound/on-off/PCI switch ~ 2x12” Thtake Blue CC Sound/on-off/PCI sw
    ALL wires UV Blue sleeved + Hshrink - Cornea CT 1904 19" LCD BLk/Slvr ~ Microsoft™ Windows XP Pro

    Knowledge is POWER

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