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AMD Phenom II - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance - The Box and What's Inside

Today we compare the performance between DDR2 and DDR3 on the AM3 platform using Jetway's new combo motherboard which supports both memory types.

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Mar 11, 2009 4:00 am

Package and Contents

 

AMD Phenom II AM3 - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance

 

Before we have a look over the board itself, we always like to check out the package and contents first. While this is more of a comparison test between DDR2 and DDR3 on the AMD platform, we can't help but show off the board at the same time. Jetway spec'd us about the board before shipping, so we knew it would be a Micro-ATX offering and therefore the size of the box was no surprise. The box colour scheme is red on white with the Jetway girl on the front.

 

AMD Phenom II AM3 - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance

 

For a Micro-ATX board we weren't expecting to see a colour photo of the board itself on the back of the box, but Jetway has managed to surprise us. Along with the photo there is also some marketing info on the board in several languages.

 

AMD Phenom II AM3 - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance

 

Jetway doesn't have a huge mount of additional documentation and software included, but the included pieces are more than ample. The user manual is quite thick, however, it only contains basic info on the board in several languages. The included DVD contains drivers for both Vista and XP 32-bit and 64-bit versions. There are no drivers included for alternate OS users, so if you plan to use Linux or any other derivative you're going to have to search on the relevant websites for each company's drivers.

 

AMD Phenom II AM3 - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance

 

As far as the cables and accessories are concerned, it's very basic. There are two SATA data and one Molex to single SATA power converter included along with a single IDE cable supporting two drives.

 

AMD Phenom II AM3 - DDR2 vs. DDR3 Performance

 

This is something that confused us. Even in the user manual there was no reference to this card, so we asked Jetway direct. This card is used on the board to split the PCI-E x16 lanes. If you plan to use a single graphics card in the board then you'll need to install this card into the second PCI-E x16 slot to route all of the lanes to the first slot. If you want to use a Crossfire setup, you take this card out and place a second graphics card in the provided slot, allowing you to have a x8/x8 Crossfire setup.

 

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