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Old December 4, 2008, 06:27 AM
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I'd agree with belgo, go with Triple Channel if you can afford it, otherwise dual channel is good, anything from Mushkin and G-Skill won't disappoint.
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Old December 4, 2008, 08:18 AM
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Ddr2 wouldn't fit anyways. Anyways about choosing ram you MUST have ram that works at 1.65 volts max or you could fry your CPU. So just to be safe I would go with tripple channel ram. If you don't have much money there is a 3x1 GB sticks for about 110.

Anyways good choice for a motherboard
Doesn't matter if it doesn't fit, people have tired and successfully installed ram in backwards, wrong type, etc. I see friend sticks WAY too often by folks who think they "know" computers but really are simply idiots.

That was in no way pointed the the OP, just making a point that idiots of the world can and WILL make it fit.
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Old December 4, 2008, 09:32 AM
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X58 supports dual channel just fine. even the EVGA literature with their X58 SLI board provides a diagram for which slots to use when running single channel, dual channel, or triple channel. HTH

Yep, actually X58 has the potential to support quad channel as well; it's just not enabled. :)
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Old December 4, 2008, 09:46 AM
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Dual will work, but triple is half the point in buying i7.
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Old December 4, 2008, 10:57 AM
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Belgolas.
The voltage issue is only for dual channel, right?
I look at some triple channel rams whose voltage are above 1.65.
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Old December 4, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Belgolas.
The voltage issue is only for dual channel, right?
I look at some triple channel rams whose voltage are above 1.65.
the 'voltage issue' is still yet to be proven. early ES samples of i7 (B stepping) could not handle high vDIMM, this is a known fact. retail chips (C stepping) don't seem to be affected by this, or at least, as much.

it doesn't matter dual, triple, or single channel though; memory is memory. IF there is an issue, then any type of memory setup will cause the issue when going over 1.65v vDIMM.

again, the issue is still being tested and debated by end users. there is currently a theory that keeping VTT within 0.50v of vDIMM will eliminate the possibility of damaging the processor. there are others that have not kept to that theory and have no problems after a lot of hours of use and high vDIMM (1.80v~2.00v vDIMM).

don't let bad reporting and sensationalism cloud judgment.
yes, manufacturers of motherboards have a warning label on motherboards. yes, it is 'recommended' to stay at 1.65v or less. yes, 1.65v vDIMM or less is definitely safe
...but...
no, greater than 1.65v vDIMM is not guaranteed to kill the processor. no, keeping VTT and vDIMM within 0.50v of each is not guaranteed to keep your processor safe.

all of this vDIMM issue is still under heavy debate and there simply isn't enough data logged to conclude either way. for now, staying at or below 1.65v vDIMM and not killing your processor is the only thing that is for certain. other things can still kill the CPU though, high VTT seems to be just as good at killing processors.

we are still very early in this i7 game so blanket statements should be kept in pockets for now
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Old December 4, 2008, 11:19 AM
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Belgolas.
The voltage issue is only for dual channel, right?
I look at some triple channel rams whose voltage are above 1.65.
No, the voltage issue(if it exists) would affect every possible combination of ram. Doesn't matter if its 1, 2, 3 or 6 sticks. The issue(if it exists) would affect ALL combinations the same. The reasoning being given is its due to the build in memory controller.

I would not want to go above, realistically, 1.7 Volts on the memory, but like said above its all currently debated. Until the debate is settled, unless your gonna be overclocking the hell out of everything, I'd stick to around 1.65-1.7 sticks.

That said I have not seen any triple channel kits exceed this 1.65 limit anyways, so if thats what your looking at, you should be good.

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Old December 4, 2008, 03:51 PM
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I say better safe then sorry
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