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DDR2 RAM on an old motherboard

By g4mer
Nov 19, 2009
  1. I was wondering can i set ddr2-800mhz ram on my mobo MSI K8N Neo4 nforce-4? At the moment i have 1,5GB DDR1 400mhz RAM. the guy at the computer shop said that i cant upgrade ddr2 on my motherboard, but i see that people on the internet have dual core processors and dd2 ram on the same motherboard.
    sorry for my englesh.
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    I happen to have that motherboard in one of my PCs and it is not compatible with DDR2 RAM. DDR2 is not backward compatible with DDR RAM. For one thing the notch is in a different position so you can't physically put in in the slot.
     
  3. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 310

    Ok, can i at least upgrade dual cpu on this motherboard? Do you have it on your msi motherboard?
     
  4. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    What version of BIOS are you running, also what edition of the board do you have.

    Unfortunately that is a socket 939, so your dual core CPU choices are going to be limited.
     
  5. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 310

    This is about Motherboard:

    Motherboard ID 11/28/2005-MS-7125-6A61FM49C-00
    Motherboard Name MSI K8N Neo4 Series (MS-7125)

    Front Side Bus Properties
    Bus Type AMD Hammer
    Real Clock 200 MHz
    Effective Clock 200 MHz
    HyperTransport Clock 1000 MHz

    Memory Bus Properties
    Bus Type DDR SDRAM
    Bus Width 64-bit
    Real Clock 164 MHz (DDR)
    Effective Clock 329 MHz
    Bandwidth 2630 MB/s

    Motherboard Physical Info
    CPU Sockets/Slots 1 Socket 939
    Expansion Slots 4 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x4, 1 PCI-E x16
    RAM Slots 4 DDR DIMM
    Integrated Devices Audio, Gigabit LAN
    Form Factor ATX
    Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm
    Motherboard Chipset nForce4(-Ultra)
    Extra Features CoreCell, Dynamic Overclocking Technology

    This is about my BIOS Version:

    BIOS Type Award
    Award BIOS Type Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Award BIOS Message W7125NMS V1.B 112805 09:34:44
    System BIOS Date 11/28/05
    Video BIOS Date 05/06/30
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    I have a single core processor, the FX-55. There were only a handful of socket 939 dual core CPUs that were supported by that motherboard and because it's so old your choices are limited as ATK SpAdE said.
     
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    For a list of the CPUs you board will support click Here

    AMD's page about the CPU can be found Here

    It would appear as if there are few choices you can buy if you want a Dual Core CPU.

    However most big retailers (Newegg, TigerDirect) do not carry 939 X2 anymore. You would have the best luck on a resale site like ebay. I have noticed the average price to be about 80-100USD

    It may be worth it to start saving up loose change for a newer MB/CPU/RAM combo because slowly the support and performance of anything 939 is going to drop.
     
  8. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 310

    tnx alot spade, but i think its best to buy new motherboard if i want to upgrade my pc. If i buy these one of these processors, they are maybe good today, but in a few months they will get old and i will have to buy new motherboard and everything. Its best to buy new motherboard now so i can upgrade it later. Thats probably what am i going to do.
     
  9. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I think that is a very wise choice, if you give us a budget I am sure we can put something togther if you need help choosing, if not, all the best.
     
  10. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 310

    I need to earn that money first, then i will see what am i going to do.
     
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