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appplejack December 3, 2008 10:08 PM

Can new X58 mainboards support old DDR2 rams?
I'm buying Evga X58 and I have DDR 2 600MHZ.
I'm planning to buy ram a bit later.

enaberif December 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Have you read the specs on the board your purchasing?

miggs78 December 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Just answer his question now!!..

No you can't. X58 boards are only meant for DDR3 memory.

appplejack December 3, 2008 11:07 PM

Thanks miggs78.
Could you help me again with your recommendations on rams?

appplejack December 3, 2008 11:54 PM

I also want to know that if X58 mainboard only supports triple channel.
Not knowing the details about computer technology I visited here: EVGA | Products
It only says triple channel ddr3 for the ram.
Thanks again.

Infiniti December 4, 2008 12:01 AM

Yep, AFAIK, all x58 boards are only DDR3 triple channel.

encorp December 4, 2008 12:12 AM

X58 Only supports triple channel DDR3 ram at this time.

Triple channel only means you need to have 3 sticks of the same format/type of ram in the board at a time.

Triple Channel (like dual channel) memory is exactly the same as single channel memory except that when you buy a pack of three sticks; those specific sticks are tested and guaranteed to work together in triple channel mode.

You cannot use DDR2 in an X58 system.

You cannot use your current DDR2 ram in this board; because it's DDR2 and because you will need three sticks of it. Even if you do have three sticks; it still will not work.

The voltages on the board are going to work differently than your old system and you run the risk of frying your ram or possibly the CPU.

3oh6 December 4, 2008 12:34 AM

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

appplejack December 4, 2008 02:11 AM

So I can use something like
OCZ (OCZ3F13334GK) DDR3 PC3-10666 1333 MHz 4GB (2x2048MB) Fatal1ty Edition Dual Channel Kit
and will have no problem with this mainboard.
Anyway, thanks for all the answers guys and particularly for encorp. I was going to use my old ddr2 ram on this motherboard until I get some more money to buy tri-channel ddr3 rams. How embarrassing it would be to have that happen.

belgolas December 4, 2008 05:55 AM

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

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