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Windows 7: Intel i7

22 May 2010   #31
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
If you're going with a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, again, wait or look for rev 2.0 as these are upgraded boards from the rev 1.0 boards. Gigabyte x58a udr3 Revision 2.0

And if you do go with Gigabyte, here's a good site for tips/help - TweakTown forums - GIGABYTE

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
They are both supposed to support 32nm 6-cores -- important to know for upgrading CPU.
Most if not all X58's will, you just need to check that the BIOS supports the chips, and if neccessary, do a BIOS update.

I know I had to do a BIOS update right off the bat with mine as it shipped with the basic BIOS (F1) which didn't fully recognize my 930 chip.

I would do some homework on BIOS updates on the board you choose prior to purchase, this way you won't be left in the dark should you need to do one to get your system up and running.

Good luck.
I can't find Rev 2.0 online anywhere.


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22 May 2010   #32
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Looks like those things will be harder to find than finding gold in your back yard
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22 May 2010   #33
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Looks like those things will be harder to find than finding gold in your back yard
It doesn't even seem to be because of high demand. It's not even backordered anywhere.

Guess I'll just have to settle for Rev 1.0.
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22 May 2010   #34
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You can always call Gigibyte and ask them about it
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23 May 2010   #35
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It is very common for retailers to hold off stocking or listing upgrade versions of a product until they have sold out (or at least sold down) their current inventory of the older version. It could be just a matter of waiting a couple weeks if that v2 board is very new.

If you have a local computer shop they may be able to order one for you.
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31 May 2010   #36
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

What is the fastest RAM that 930 supports without overclocking?
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31 May 2010   #37
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That depends on the motherboard and BIOS. My motherboard supports up to 2000MHz.

You need to be aware that such high speeds cost money. Unless you're going to do some serious overclocking, I'd go with DDR3 1600, such as Corsair’s Dominator DDR 3 1600 but that’s up to your wallet

Also, the way I understand it, anything that's above 1066MHz for DDR3 is "technically" overclocked.

Here's one of my discussions

Question/Concern - Welcome to GIGABYTE Technical Support!

Answers - Welcome to GIGABYTE Technical Support! & Welcome to GIGABYTE Technical Support!
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31 May 2010   #38
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

I'm looking at a 930 + ASUS P6X58D-E + OCZ PC3-12800 (which is 1600mhz). From what I've read, the i7's automatically set it at 1066 as default.

My question about the speed limit for that chip was because the Intel site says "800/1066" for memory type. Not sure what those numbers correspond to.

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...ec-codes=SLBKP
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31 May 2010   #39
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The lower numbered i7 processors are what Intel calls "Locked processors". These processors are meant to be run only at their stock clocks and speeds - *.

The fastest the memory is supposed to be run at these stock clocks is 1066. Your BIOS defaults will set the memory at 1066 regardless of what speed memory you buy and put on the motherboard. So if you were not going to overclock at all you would buy 1066 memory and save some money.

But what Intel intends and what people do are 2 completely different things. It has always been curious that Intel does not want folks overclocking their stuff. But people do all the time.

*- Asus motherboards have very convenient overclocking features. You can install faster memory for your 930 and set it to run at that higher speed in the BIOS without needing a college degree in electrical engineering. As long as you have the "AI Tweaker" set to Auto it is a one step effort. The memory is overclocked, I believe, by the good ol' bus clocking method.

I have 1333 memory running at 1333 with my i7-920 with no problems. My Asus board has easy settings for 1600, 1800, and 2000 memory also.

Hope that helps.

One important note: When you first set up your rig and test it out, leave everything at the stock, BIOS default, clocks. Load W7 and test everything out first to make sure you are not dealing with issues from some piece of defective hardware. If everything runs well, particularly video, then go in and set the memory to higher speed and test everything again. This method will make diagnosing new-build issues easier, should you have any.
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31 May 2010   #40
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The lower numbered i7 processors are what Intel calls "Locked processors". These processors are meant to be run only at their stock clocks and speeds - *.

The fastest the memory is supposed to be run at these stock clocks is 1066. Your BIOS defaults will set the memory at 1066 regardless of what speed memory you buy and put on the motherboard. So if you were not going to overclock at all you would buy 1066 memory and save some money.

But what Intel intends and what people do are 2 completely different things. It has always been curious that Intel does not want folks overclocking their stuff. But people do all the time.

*- Asus motherboards have very convenient overclocking features. You can install faster memory for your 930 and set it to run at that higher speed in the BIOS without needing a college degree in electrical engineering. As long as you have the "AI Tweaker" set to Auto it is a one step effort. The memory is overclocked, I believe, by the good ol' bus clocking method.

I have 1333 memory running at 1333 with my i7-920 with no problems. My Asus board has easy settings for 1600, 1800, and 2000 memory also.

Hope that helps.

One important note: When you first set up your rig and test it out, leave everything at the stock, BIOS default, clocks. Load W7 and test everything out first to make sure you are not dealing with issues from some piece of defective hardware. If everything runs well, particularly video, then go in and set the memory to higher speed and test everything again. This method will make diagnosing new-build issues easier, should you have any.
Thanks for all the info!

Just to make sure, running the memory at 1600 will not likely damage it, the board, or CPU right? I haven't heard it does, and thought that speed was normal given just about everyone running between 1333 and 1600. I didn't realize the "i" series was "topped" at 1333 by Intel given that other quad cores before it had similar speeds. Just assumed the technology had advanced further.
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