I'll admit some longstanding confusion about matching memory to CPU and having trouble finding clear explanations/documentation. I've been using 4 two-sided sticks of Corsair PC3200 (VS2GBKIT400C3) on an MSI K8NGM2-FID (939) board with an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ CPU. In the context of dealing with a problem over at the MSI board, someone pointed out that my CPU doesn't support PC3200 memory, but supports PC2700. Irrespective of whether that's the cause of an immediate problem, it strikes me that one possibly inexpensive way to deal with the memory compatibility issue is to upgrade the CPU. My question is which Athlon CPU would be minimally appropriate, i.e., would the 3200+ do the trick? The next question would be whether the heatsink, etc. from the 3000+ could be carried over, or whether I'd need the whole setup. Thanks
Hi genegold and welcome
So you're using 4x1GB PC3200 modules ? Been ages since i touched s939 socket but IIRC 4 modules populated specs say can only operate at PC2700 and 2T. This is for all s939 cpus so upgrading to another s939 won't make any difference as far as I know.
Not sure if 2x 2GB PC3200 sticks would work though.