Wanted: Good mobo for Intel 850E chipset and 1066 RDRAM

Jeff Nguyen jeff at aslab.com
Thu Aug 22 14:25:28 EDT 2002


After Sept 1st, the cost for the P4 2.4/2.53/533 processors will
be very attractive. Right now they are still very expensive.

Jeff

ASL Inc.
www.aslab.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Josip Loncaric" <josip at icase.edu>
To: "Camm Maguire" <camm at enhanced.com>
Cc: <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: Wanted: Good mobo for Intel 850E chipset and 1066 RDRAM


> Camm Maguire wrote:
> >
> > In any case, Intel states that its boards don't support the 1066.
> > Asus requires certain RDRAM manufacturers.  Gigabyte just says 1066 is
> > supported.  Any recommendations for solid motherboard/RAM manufacturer
> > combinations using the Intel 850E chipset and 1066 RDRAM?
>
> We're looking at the same problem.  Intel says PC1066 is "non-validated"
so
> their motherboards "may" work, but they explicitly disavow all
responsibility
> for correct operation.  Asus says their P4T533-C works with PC1066 and
> actually recommends certain Samsung and Kingston PC1066 modules (you'd
> probably be interested in Samsung's 256MB ECC model MD18R1628AF1-CN9
only),
> but Gigabyte offers no recommendations.  Asus also has P4T533 which looks
very
> nice, but uses RIMM4200 modules which are very hard to get at this point.
>
> For cluster use, a basic board without too many extras is probably the
safest
> choice, but Gigabyte GA-8IHXP has tons of extra features.  Personally, I
also
> prefer Intel and Asus because their web sites are more informative, so
support
> may be better.  Asus at least advertises PC1066 operation, so their
P4T533-C
> may be a better choice than Intel's D850EMV2.
>
> Back to memory: PC1066 users have reported a number of problems, generally
> related to bad memory modules.  It is absolutely critical to use 32ns
memory
> at these speeds, and to stick with reliable brands.  Also, be sure to get
CPUs
> with 533 MHz FSB, or else you'll be limited to PC800 operation.  Finally,
if
> you are limited to downgraded PC800 memory, for 533 MHz FSB you must have
40ns
> PC800 modules (45ns is too slow).
>
> Samsung's expectation is that over the next few years PC1066 will remain
> dominant in the performance segment, while DDR takes over the mass market.
> RDRAM is unlikely to be the price/performance champ, but if you need
memory
> bandwidth, it delivers NOW.
>
> Sincerely,
> Josip
>
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