At $20, the mobo was a good deal.
(I'll assume that what you meant was an Epox EP-8K5A2+ )
Since all memory is 'backward compatible' I would suggest that you spend a few extra $ now and buy the faster PC3200 ( which can run at 100 MHz, 133 MHz, 166 MHz, or it's rated 200 MHz), knowing that it will be 'good-to-go' on your next mobo upgrade.
Or, even better would be PC3500... and it's not that much more expensive.
You will also realize an immediate benefit with the faster memory now, because you will be able to run it in your current system with very 'aggressive' memory timings.
The chart below is regards DDR memory, and its new 'rating' system.
This little chart compares the new 'PC rating' system, to the 'DDR rating', to the actual 'Maximum MHz' that the memory is 'rated' to run at....
But the same 133 MHz = 266 DDR appies to CPUs, and mobos, as well.
PC# vs. = DDR# vs. = MHz
PC1600 = DDR200 = 100Mhz
PC2100 = DDR266 = 133Mhz
PC2700 = DDR333 = 166Mhz
PC3200 = DDR400 = 200Mhz
PC3500 = DDR433 = 216Mhz
PC3600 = DDR450 = 225Mhz
PC3700 = DDR466 = 233Mhz
PC4000 = DDR500 = 250Mhz
PC4200 = DDR533 = 266Mhz
PC4400 = DDR550 = 275Mhz
PC4500 = DDR566 = 283Mhz
Note that the 'DDR rating' is always exactly double the 'actual speed in MHz' that it was designed to run at.
DDR (or D
ate) memory is also
SDRAM memory, but it is able to read info or 'data' on BOTH the rising and falling edge of a pulse...
Hence the name 'Double Data Rate' (or DDR for short)...
SDRAM can only read it on one edge.
But, DDR266 is still only running at an actual 133 MHz
The same thing applies to processors, and mobos, that are rated as 166/333 (or, to use the Marketing boys description, as a '333 CPU'
... a '333' processor is running at 166 MHz. Period.
You will never find a setting in your CMOS Setup that allows you to set it to '333'...
and that's because it ACTUALLY RUNS AT 166 MHz
I know that it's confusing, and it certainly was to me at first, but I DO HOPE this helps, and that it was of some use.
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