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Re: a few simple questions about AMD64 version of Debian

On Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 01:50:01PM -0500, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 09:52:13AM -0800, Freddie Cash wrote:
> > Depending on the motherboard chipset, AMD64-based systems can have up to 
> > 64 GB of RAM (that's the highest I've seen so far, in theory it can 
> > address a lot more than that).  This is highly chipset-dependent, though, 
> > and you'll find that only the highest-end server boards can do this.  
> > Low-end server and workstation boards tend to handle up to 16 GB of RAM, 
> > and desktop boards tend to only support 8 GB.  The type of RAM varies as 
> > well (unbuffered ECC RAM, buffered ECC RAM, non-ECC RAM, etc), and 
> > depends on the socket (939, 940, AM2).
> It is actually not at all chipset dependant.  After all the AMDs have
> the memory controller built in to the CPU.  So it is CPU type dependant,
> along with limited by the number of slots the mainboard happens to have.

Does this mean that when 4 GB sticks come out I can have 16 GB on my
Athlon 3800+?
> > Get a Socket AM2 motherboard that can handle up to 16 GB of RAM.  
> > Preferably a dual-socket board if you can afford it.  That way, you can 
> > start with a single-core Athlon64, move to dual-Athlon64s, to dual-core 
> > Athlon64 X2s, without changing motherboards.  Go from 1 to 4 to possibly 
> > 8 cores all with the same mobo.  :)
> So far most AM2 boards I have seen can take 8GB (4 x 2GB).  Any dual
> socket board should allow 16GB (2 cpus x 4 x 2GB).

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