So I went with the AM3 architecture, and with the 790GX Chipset to go "Spider." However, it seems like they make perhaps the best bang for the buck motherboards so far for the new architecture, gave their motherboard a 5-egg rating on Newegg, well...4-egg, wanna know why? THEIR MEM SUPPORT QVL SUX! I wanted to find out what DDR3-1600 modules they would support, or DDR3 in general. However, it seems like their list is either too outdated, or they had a bias towards triple-channel. I mean, come on Gigabyte! It's a DUAL-CHANNEL architecture you're dealing with here...stop listing memory modules meant for an x58/i7 920 architecture! I fell for their listing, and wound up with a 6GB pack from Patriot, which I later had to add a separate module from Mushkin, same frequency, but different latency. Come on, if you're gonna support RAM for an AM3 motherboard, at least support memory geared more towards a dual-channel board, which AMD *will* support. Jeez. Anyone been a victim of the "follow the QVL" routine from this motherboard manufacturer?
I spent countless hours hoping I could find an AMD/Dual-Channel counterpart to that memory pack, with hardly any luck. I mean, the RAM I have works, and I better hope this rant will get GB to change their practice of testing memory for their motherboards. It's not an X58 or Intel board, it's a 790GX/AM3 motherboard, support the right RAM for it!
EDIT: All right, for those of you who wonder about an example of what I'm talking about...here's the motherboard I got:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... te%20790gx
I went to Gigabyte's website, and looked through their QVL, looked up the model number for DDR3-1600 RAM that I wanted, http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList/Me ... t-ud3h.pdf
and I punched in the model number for Patriot RAM, considering that they were probably one of the best bangs for the buck, that would be model #PVT36G1600LLK, plugged that number into the Search tab on Newegg's website, and THIS was the RAM that came up: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 36G1600LLK
Nice going, Gigabyte. I'll never trust your QVL ever again, if you can't recommend RAM that will work with AM3 and/or be dual-channel, I'm going back to ASUS. At least THEY know how to list RAM that will work. Of course, since they complain about the fact that there's a massive market of RAM out there, maybe they didn't write this list at the time that dual-channel sets of DDR3 RAM existed yet, could this be true?