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#1 Jul 15 2010 at 8:35 PM Rating: Decent
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...now while they do look good I was more interested in how good they actually are. Can you guys vouch for them? I have been looking around and I'm going to build my first computer ever within the month or maybe next month and I'm going for cheap, great performance, and future friendly (when it comes to upgrading).

Now ASUS has caught my attention and their new board looks amazing and sounds amazing (although I haven't a clue on some of the terms tigerdirect uses when reviewing the board lol, but it sounds future proof)...and its also a little out of my price range but when looking at the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Motherboard and the ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard can anyone tell me what the big difference is between the two and why I should go with one over the other?

ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard (link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6077060&Sku=A455-2877)

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Motherboard (link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5770119&Sku=A455-2937)
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Well, for starters the first board (more expensive) is a skt 1366 intel motherboard. The 2nd on is an AMD. . . .

As far as the brand goes, Asus is an enthusiast brand, tend to have decent O/C potential, and the [I can't afford] overpriced Republic of Gamers stuff is just beautiful.
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#3 Jul 15 2010 at 8:49 PM Rating: Good
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For starters, one is an LGA (Intel) board and one is an AM3 (AMD) board.

EDIT: ****, beaten to it.

But I'm using an ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO and am very pleased with my performance since replacing my old ASRock for it.

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 10:50pm by Mikhalia
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#4 Jul 15 2010 at 9:00 PM Rating: Good
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Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.
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Ohh haha ok that's how clueless I am about computers but learning slowly here. So then if I'm going with a Phenom quad core I'd buy the AMD board then correct? probably a stupid question but doesn't hurt to ask.
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Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?

Also, if your 4 GB that works is 2x2GB, have you tried them in different slots or tried two pairs of ram seperately? Possibly run MEMtest to see if it's a bad port or a bad stick?

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 11:07pm by Mikhalia
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#7 Jul 15 2010 at 9:09 PM Rating: Good
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For the record, that AMD motherboard is $10 cheaper @ newegg ;)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631&cm_re=ASUS_M4A89GTD-_-13-131-631-_-Product
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#8 Jul 15 2010 at 9:11 PM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?


No, it's double channel, can't do triple channel with 8 gigs. Using the right model of ram too.
#9 Jul 15 2010 at 9:17 PM Rating: Good
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Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?


No, it's double channel, can't do triple channel with 8 gigs. Using the right model of ram too.


I was asking on the off chance you were doing something weird, like a 3x2 kit and an extra 2 GB, or a 4 and two 2s or something.

Is it 2x4 or 2x2 + 2x2 or what?
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#10 Jul 15 2010 at 9:18 PM Rating: Good
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SolidMack wrote:
Ohh haha ok that's how clueless I am about computers but learning slowly here. So then if I'm going with a Phenom quad core I'd buy the AMD board then correct? probably a stupid question but doesn't hurt to ask.


Yes, Phenom II X4 would be an AM3 so you'll want the AM3 board, not the LGA-1366 board :)
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#11 Jul 15 2010 at 9:19 PM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?


No, it's double channel, can't do triple channel with 8 gigs. Using the right model of ram too.


I was asking on the off chance you were doing something weird, like a 3x2 kit and an extra 2 GB, or a 4 and two 2s or something.

Is it 2x4 or 2x2 + 2x2 or what?


It's two 2x2 kits.
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Oh my goodness I need to destroy my mouse.

Edited, Jul 15th 2010 9:19pm by Yogtheterrible
#13 Jul 15 2010 at 9:20 PM Rating: Good
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Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?


No, it's double channel, can't do triple channel with 8 gigs. Using the right model of ram too.


I was asking on the off chance you were doing something weird, like a 3x2 kit and an extra 2 GB, or a 4 and two 2s or something.

Is it 2x4 or 2x2 + 2x2 or what?


It's two 2x2 kits.


Are all four sticks the same manufactuer and model or are they different?

Also, does it work with one kit fine, or the other kit fine, but if you install both pairs at once, it doesn't work?
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#14 Jul 15 2010 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?


No, it's double channel, can't do triple channel with 8 gigs. Using the right model of ram too.


I was asking on the off chance you were doing something weird, like a 3x2 kit and an extra 2 GB, or a 4 and two 2s or something.

Is it 2x4 or 2x2 + 2x2 or what?


It's two 2x2 kits.


Are all four sticks the same manufactuer and model or are they different?

Also, does it work with one kit fine, or the other kit fine, but if you install both pairs at once, it doesn't work?


Yeah, same manufacturer, g.skill, and model. To be honest I haven't checked both kits separately but I have run memory tests so I know it's not a problem with the ram. The reason I haven't tried them separately is because one stick of ram is pretty much inaccessible after installing my heatsink and fan...which is enormous.

I tried getting them working for a few days with help from the Asus motherboard forums but then gave up for the time being since it was starting to interfere with my classes. When they are over I'll try getting them to work again.
#15 Jul 15 2010 at 10:00 PM Rating: Good
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Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Mikhalia wrote:
Yogtheterrible wrote:
Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


I noticed the P7P55D only supports dual channel; are you trying to use triple channel? Or perhaps more than one brand/model/speed of RAM?


No, it's double channel, can't do triple channel with 8 gigs. Using the right model of ram too.


I was asking on the off chance you were doing something weird, like a 3x2 kit and an extra 2 GB, or a 4 and two 2s or something.

Is it 2x4 or 2x2 + 2x2 or what?


It's two 2x2 kits.


Are all four sticks the same manufactuer and model or are they different?

Also, does it work with one kit fine, or the other kit fine, but if you install both pairs at once, it doesn't work?


Yeah, same manufacturer, g.skill, and model. To be honest I haven't checked both kits separately but I have run memory tests so I know it's not a problem with the ram. The reason I haven't tried them separately is because one stick of ram is pretty much inaccessible after installing my heatsink and fan...which is enormous.

I tried getting them working for a few days with help from the Asus motherboard forums but then gave up for the time being since it was starting to interfere with my classes. When they are over I'll try getting them to work again.


Yeah, my recommended steps would be:

Try one pair of 2x2
Try the other pair of 2x2, in the same slots
Move that 2x2 to the other two slots
Try the original 2x2 in those same slots


Basically, process of elimination to figure out what ain't working. I feel your pain on the GPU blocking the RAM slots though; hate that.
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I absolutely love my Asus Rampage III Extreme. Best board I have ever owned.
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My old board was an Asus p5b deluxe. Worst board i've ever owned. Gigabyte and Nvidea i have had very good experiences with for my sempron and my core2.

Maybe it was just that board but the bios was a piece of crap and so hard to use, main reason i hated it so much. Then the raid started dying on the board and was ******** with my hard drives and stuff causing tons of issues. Granted it could be on of the "exceptions" but i dunno i will cut my losses.
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My current system has the original Crosshair in it. Great board, never had a problem with it. I have the Crosshair IV set to be delivered today (SQUEEEEEEEE!!!). Sorry about that... Anyways, the Crosshair IV has a known issue where the Northbridge heat sink doesn't make contact. The stand offs are too long. I did my research and already know how to fix it. 5 o'clock can't come fast enough!
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Bought an P7P55D and for all my attempts haven't been able to install 8 gigs of ram. Whenever I try past 4 gigs I get a somewhat stable computer for about a week and then blue screens constantly.


Try bumping the Ram voltage up in your bios, sometimes the bios undervolts the ram, also make sure you have the most up to date firmware installed for your bios, you can get it from the manafacturers site

Edited, Jul 16th 2010 9:11am by AckersFury
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Try bumping the Ram voltage up in your bios, sometimes the bios undervolts the ram, also make sure you have the most up to date firmware installed for your bios, you can get it from the manafacturers site


I had someone at G.SKILL tell me to up the voltage once and it helped.
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