About Combo DDR2/DDR3 MB ..

dloranger

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Are they really worth buying since most boards only have 2 DDR3 slots and a maximum of 4 GB.. ?

I was planning on sticking 4 gb of ddr-800 till we switch to 45 nm and then full it with ddr3.. but do you guys think it is worth having both onboard? What would be the advantage ?
 

IcY18

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The advantage would be that you have a given yourself the opportunity to get in the future higher performing memory. However, that is not going to happen. DDR3 performs practically the same as DDR2 but its about 3x more expensive. DDR2 is amazingly cheap and will be for atleast a few years. DDR3 won't become mainstream for quite awhile, as only highend enthusiasts boards are beginning to support it, even when it does come down in price that will be way past the time you want to keep this board. Stick with a cheaper only DDR2 mobo and you'll be just fine.
 

shadowmaster625

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nope ddr2/3 combo boards are not worth it under any circumstance. by the time ddr3 outperforms ddr2, dollar-for-dollar, they will have a newer/better chipset anyway! And who knows, by that time you might want an AM3 with ddr3! you never know.
 

cpburns

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I agree with icy18. Future-proofing can only go so far. By the time you want to throw some DDR3 in your system, it will probably be faster than current boards can run it, and you'll probably want more than just 2x1GB or 2x4GB. (8GB, the way of the future!)