Crucial PC2100 DDR works flawlessly on both mainboards, with
no compatibility problems at all. The Mushkin PC2100 DDR had
no problems with the AMD 760 based gigabyte board, however caused
some major problems with our ALi MaGiK 1 Iwill board. As it
seems, the board failed to boot properly when we used the Mushkin
RAM. Despite trying a large number of timings, and settings
this RAM failed to work correctly. Whether this was a problem
solely with the Iwill board, or the ALi MaGiK 1 chipset was
impossible to determine though I'd point my finger at the latter.
After chatting with tech support for Mushkin they confirmed
that the RAM should have worked on that board as it was advertised
on their website as such.
not working while in the board alone, the Mushkin DDR Ram did
mysteriously work when a stick of Crucial DDR RAM was used.
This was quite possibly the weirdest computer anomaly I ever
came across. Perhaps the board did not initialize the RAM correctly
alone or was particularly temperamental I can only guess. My
best guess on the other hand would be that as Mushkin sent us
an early sample of this RAM (which they said was retail however)
might have been malfunctioning, though why would it work with
the Gigabyte board then? Compatibility wise the Crucial wins
this round as it worked perfectly in both board as previously
one overclocks their FSB (front side bus) they will push the
RAM at higher than specified speeds, therefore creating the
possibility of causing malfunctions and instability. Before
you dive into the depths of overclocking you would definitely
want to look into purchasing RAM specifically designed to support
higher bus speeds, or at least buy quality name brand ram as
they often have better fabrication methods and therefore tend
to produce better modules.