DS3 revision 3.3 only supports up to 4GB of RAM?!?!?!

Twisted_Sister

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I was really interested in the D3 3.3 because I'm going Quad in september (buying an e4300 for now).

I was excited about all the reviews and price... however, when I went to the manufacturers website... they say the board only supports up to 4 GB of ram! How can this be?

I'm going 64 bit and will be @ 6-8GBs of Ram in a few months (photoshop).

Can anyone help?

First, does the DS3 3.3 go beyond 4GBs? If not, are there any other decent boards out there that can go 1333 in a few months?

Thanks - my build (appreciate any other help with it)


http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/help-mobo-components-build-fto...t234079
 

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Not sure where you saw that but a quick venture over to Gigabyte's website clearly says that the DS3 supports up to 8Gb of Ram in dual channel mode. I guess some are too lazy too look it up :p

Gigabyte DS3 Rev 3.3 Manufacturers Website

Umm i'm actually confused as to where you even saw this.. :roll:

I went to the website as well, BUT I fat fingered the drop down box (it's pretty small to read). Well, I selected the 945 instead of 965. :oops:

This is great! I wanted to use this board in my build.

Thanks a bunch!!
 

Jake_Barnes

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Not sure where you saw that but a quick venture over to Gigabyte's website clearly says that the DS3 supports up to 8Gb of Ram in dual channel mode. I guess some are too lazy too look it up :p

Gigabyte DS3 Rev 3.3 Manufacturers Website

Umm i'm actually confused as to where you even saw this.. :roll:

Does this still apply? (From Newegg):

Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB Due to the limitation of Windows 32-bit operating system, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory available for the operating system will be less than 4 GB; Windows 64-bit operating system doesn't have such limitation
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010200280+50001314&name=GIGABYTE
I realize it's the DS4 - but the same Windows 32 bit issue. So, unless you are installing the 64-bit version, does it make much sense to install more than 4 GB?
 

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Does this still apply? (From Newegg):

Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB Due to the limitation of Windows 32-bit operating system, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory available for the operating system will be less than 4 GB; Windows 64-bit operating system doesn't have such limitation
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010200280+50001314&name=GIGABYTE
I realize it's the DS4 - but the same Windows 32 bit issue. So, unless you are installing the 64-bit version, does it make much sense to install more than 4 GB?
Yep this still applies. Only 4 GB of memory can be addressed using 32 bits. Microsoft already does code around this for its pricier OS's, but for the basic (32 bit) home stuff, there probably isn't much profit in it.

If you take a look at the Windows Server version comparison page, you'll see that not only can they extended 32 bit windows memory addressing (to 2 TB!!), but that they actually LIMIT the amount of ram that Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 can use.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/evaluate/features/compare.mspx

It wouldn't make much sense to install more than 4 GB on a Windows 32 bit system. You'll either have to live with "only" 4 GB or install the x64 version!