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Old 03-13-2006, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default (2 x 1gb) vs (4 x 512mb)

I'm having an issue....

I'm only going to be able to get my system with 1 gig of memory.. and it will be a 2x512mb dual channel kit... the motherboard I am getting supports 4 gigs across all 4 dimm slots... but is it ok to use all 4 up like that?.. is it gonna stress it out?...

it's cheaper and more convienient for me to go 4 x 512 as opposed to 2 x 1gb.. not to mention that 4 x 512 would all have a cas of 2.5... the 2 x 1gb would be 3...
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
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i would say stick with the minimum amount possible of sticks.. so you always have room for expansion. However, i dont believe theres any evidence showing that it may / will stress a system out.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: (2 x 1gb) vs (4 x 512mb)

Well, for the record, I don't think going past 2 gigs is really practical.. by the time that would be even necessary, it would probably be time to move on to DDR2 anyway.
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I totally agree with your MikeReiner. Once you get beyond 2 gb as a necessity, then I'd move on to DDR2 and higher speed memory. Go with the 4x512mb.
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I've heard that if you use all four slots on most motherboards it downclocks the memory to 333 MHz.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:56 PM   #6
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even with dual channel boards?
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:59 PM   #7
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I'd say go with the 2 X 1GB if you're looking for that much memory. Like the others said keep the slots open for upgrading. And I assume you are running an intel board because you do know that AMD sockets don't support DDR2 just yet, right?
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:05 PM   #8
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Default Re: (2 x 1gb) vs (4 x 512mb)

It's an AMD system, and I know they do not support DDR2. BUT when I make the move to DDR2, I will be on a whole new system, and AMD will then support DDR2.

And like I said, I will NOT be upgrading past 2 gigs of mem on this system, no point.

But man.. are you serious? 4x512 results in DDR333?......ehhh...

2x1gb is so expensive compared to 4x512...
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:07 PM   #9
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That's what I've heard. Honestly, just go with the 2 gigabyte sticks, it's a little cheaper anyway.
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Default Re: (2 x 1gb) vs (4 x 512mb)

Go with the 4x512. The frequency may seem slower, but to compensate for this, you have every slot talkign to each other and transfering crap at a much higher rate. Frequency isn't everything, moving things however is. If you have the same amount of storage, which in your case is 1 gigabyte, and you can only move it across 2 sticks, you'll be slower as oppossed to moving it across four sticks.

Trust me, go with the 4x512, you'll definetly like it.
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