Gigabyte P45 mobos play nice with DDR2-1333 RAM

Who needs DDR3 to hit insane memory clock speeds? Through a batch of BIOS updates, Gigabyte claims to have added native support for 1333MHz DDR2 RAM to its motherboards based on Intel P45 Express chipsets. The updates cover a total of ten mobos:

GA-EP45-DQ6 GA-EP45-Extreme
GA-EP45-DS5 GA-EP45-DS3R
GA-EP45-DS4P GA-EP45-DS3
GA-EP45-DS4 GA-EP45-DS3LR
GA-EP45-DS3P  GA-EP45-DS3L

On top of that, Gigabyte says four of its P43 motherboards—the GA-EP43-DS3L, GA-EP43-DS3R, GA-EP43-S3L, and GA-EP43-DS3—now support DDR2 memory speeds up to 1200MHz. You’ll find the necessary BIOS updates for both the P43 and the P45 offerings through this page. (Look for “GA-x4xxx” in the “Series” product search menu.)

As far as we know, though, neither DDR2-1333 nor DDR2-1200 are official JEDEC standards. That means users will need to either scour online stores for enthusiast memory “certified” to run at those speeds, or just try their luck overclocking slower RAM themselves. For the record, Corsair rates its fastest DDR2 RAM for a top speed of 1066MHz, while OCZ’s fastest DDR2 tops out at 1200MHz.

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    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    Geez, more marketing gimmicks.

    1333Mhz memory does nothing for Core 2 family expect give you larger epenis scores in SANDRA.

    • JokerCPoC
    • 13 years ago

    I’ve never even seen DDR2-1333 ram, 1066, 1150 and some 1200 sure, But 1333? No way.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 13 years ago

      Yeah, I have never seen anything past DDR2-1200. I really don’t see the point of getting past 1066 MHz. After that just go DDR3 for god’s sake. Even bargin bin DDR3 can get up to 1600MHz and it’s not /[

        • grantmeaname
        • 13 years ago

        all you need is a new motherboard. which is /[

      • Kurotetsu
      • 13 years ago

      I’ve personally never even seen DDR2-1200.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 13 years ago

    Sooner or later, DDR3 is cheaper than super-ultra overclockers’ DDR2.

      • zaeric19
      • 13 years ago

      When DDR2 is in the same place that DDR is, no longer being made and DDR4 or something like that is out at ridiculous prices.

      • pogsnet
      • 13 years ago

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