NF7-S memory slot issue, and one I haven't already found here ;)

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Ben Currier, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Ben Currier

    Ben Currier Guest

    hello all
    I have the aforementioned motherboard, an Abit NF7-S v.2.0, BIOS 1.8
    running two 256 MB sticks of Mushkin 3200 "level II" no issues at
    200mhz, dual channel in slots 3+2, 2-2-2-6 (their SPD).
    have a 400fsb Barton 3000+ at 200x11 (2205)

    not really trying to push anything too hard, you see... but I've had
    some buyer's remorse, wishing i'd waited until i could afford to go
    for the full Gig of RAM.

    SO, my question is this:
    could i just buy an additional 512 MB stick, and fill all three slots,
    with the same dual channel performance? i mean, i realize the
    overclockability would dive, but i'm not really pushing the fsb-

    AND- my instinct would be to put the biggest stick in slot 3, and
    the two 256 Meg sticks in slots 1+2, unless somebody knows better?
    and would the fact that the RAM is all dual BANK (for an onboard total
    of six banks) present another issue? the manual reads as though
    that's not a problem...
    am I way too concerned about a simple question? wait, don't answer
    that part...

    any feedback welcome! thank you in advance~
    Ben Currier, Aug 21, 2003
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  2. Ben Currier

    AD C Guest

    As far as I know and reading the manual of the board, you can not use
    dual channel with three sticks. I doubt the boar would reconise the
    other stick.
    AD C, Aug 21, 2003
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  3. Ben Currier

    - HAL9000 Guest

    I read through the manual as well. Obviously the board supports 3
    sticks of memory as there are 3 slots. The manual doesn't tell you if
    it falls back to single channel mode by putting 3 sticks in. Perhaps
    others know for sure?

    I was reading the manual for the similar Gigabyte motherboard - nforce
    2 400 FSB. That manual seems to address 3 sticks more directly and
    indicates that 3 sticks will work in dual channel mode.

    Anyone tried it on an Abit motherboard ???


    Motherboard Help By HAL web site:
    - HAL9000, Aug 23, 2003
  4. Ben Currier

    AD C Guest

    Thgis is the problem with having manuals translated from
    chinese/japanese to English. It is about time, they got some one who
    speaks good english to write the manuals from scratch.
    AD C, Aug 24, 2003
  5. Ben Currier

    Tenoq Guest

    Nope - 512 should be in slot 1, actually (closest to the CPU - if that's
    slot 3, my mistake... but I'm pretty sure it's 1). The two grouped together
    on the NF7-S share the same channel, while the seperate one is in a
    different channel. So for effect DC support, run 512 in the single slot,
    and 2x256 in the dual slot to get 2x512 DC :)
    Tenoq, Aug 25, 2003
  6. You are correct - slot 3 is one channel on it's own, slot 1 & 2 are one &
    the same channel on the NF7.

    I would set it up thus;
    Slot1 256MB
    Slot2 256MB
    Slot3 512MB

    Nick M V Salmon, Aug 25, 2003
  7. Ben Currier

    - HAL9000 Guest

    Not Stupid,

    Have you been thinking again, hehehe?

    Yea looks like your method would produce 100% dual channel memory (512
    + 512) and the mushkin technician probably only got 50% dual channel
    memory (256 + 256).

    Doesn't any one have 3 sticks and an Abit board ?


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    - HAL9000, Aug 25, 2003
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