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Old 05-04-2006, 04:53 AM   #1
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Default Motherboard - top RAM speed?

Hi there,

My Motherboard has this written on it: GA-8SIML (Rev 1.0)

I have 2 questions:

1) can someone confirm to me what maximum speed RAM it can take i.e. DDR 266mhz (PC2100) or upto DDR 400mhz (PC3200)

2) I currently have 512mb DDR 266mhz (PC2100). I can afford 1x1gb stick of RAM.

Which set up would be best:

setup 1
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1x512mb DDR 266mhz (PC2100)
1x1gb DDR 266mhz (PC2100)

Totalling 1.5gb at 266mhz

or

setup 2
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1x1gb DDR 400mhz PC3200 (assuming my motherboard can take it)

Totalling 1gb at 400mhz

would setup 1 or 2 give me better performance (more RAM at lower speed, or less RAM at higher speed)

Thanks,

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Old 05-04-2006, 05:34 AM   #2
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or...

SETUP 3
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1x512mb DDR 266mhz
1x512mb DDR 266mhz

(I think I read somewhere that a pair of the same speed sticks of RAM works better than 1 stick of RAM on its own)
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System Memory

* Supports 2 memory slots.
* Serial Presence Detect (SPD) support.
* Supports a maximum memory size of 1GB (using 2x512 MB memory modules).
* Support only 2.5 V DIMM DDRAM configurations.
* Unbuffered type support.
* 266 Mhz DDR interface.
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So 2x 512 ddr266 would be the best.
U can also get faster ram, but it will still work at 266. Getting faster ram is smart only if u are overclocking, if u are not then there is no difference.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:42 AM   #4
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excellent - thanks for that. I'll just purchase another 512mb DDR 266 then.

I've read mixed reports about the motherboard - one site said maximum memory of 1gb, another said max 2x1gb and another even said 3gb which is crazy.

At least I now know the absolute max is 2x512mb.

thanks very much.

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Old 05-04-2006, 07:25 AM   #5
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Default Re: Motherboard - top RAM speed?

someone just sent me this link:

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...tName=GA-8SIML

It shows that my motherboard spec is:

2 x 184-Pin DIMM slot
Supports up to 2GB DDR266 memory

this spec would support SETUP 1 outlined above.

this contradicts your info Mammikoura - can I ask where you got your information? this is confusing the heck out of me.

thankinoo,

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Old 05-04-2006, 07:36 AM   #6
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one GB per each slot, that's h0w I work. 2GB DDR266 is the max.
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LOL I still got some time before I can upgrade that much lol, 4 slots @ 1GB each $$
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:49 AM   #8
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righty then.. I'll go ahead with SETUP 1

thanks for all the advice.

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Default Re: Motherboard - top RAM speed?

I just googled GA-8SIML (Rev 1.0) and came out with the website
http://support.packardbell.com/es/it..._imedia#Memory

So is the one u are using a gigabyte mobo or someone else? If it's gigabyte then I'd say that the info on gigabytes site must be the right one.
Just try to find something more about the mobo.
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