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Old 12-01-2008, 05:25 PM   #11
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You'd gain more from having dual-channel rather than 1066MHz not in dual channel. Buy 2 new sticks (2x2GB) 800MHz-1066MHz to run in dual channel.
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Okay, I have 2 single channel sticks right now. So, if I buy a 800Mhz dual channel kit, will it work with my current single channel?
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:31 PM   #13
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I'm not sure if the 2 separate lanes can work independently (one dual-channel, other 2 x single channel). Personally, I'd buy a new 4GB set (2x2GB) to run in dual channel and just remove the current set from the system.
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I saw some reviews. I read there is a minimal gain going from single channel to dual channel. It would be cheaper and more practical for me to just get a 2x2GB set and run them all in single channel. Should I just do that?
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I saw some reviews. I read there is a minimal gain going from single channel to dual channel. It would be cheaper and more practical for me to just get a 2x2GB set and run them all in single channel. Should I just do that?
Little gain? That review is misleading. Dual-channel doubles RAM speed because now you have information running as though it were a 2-way street. Here's a little read: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/133

The only fix I add to that guide is that today the CPU is bottlenecking the RAM.

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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...G,1705-15.html

There was only a few FPS increase with dual channel. If I go dual channel, I'll have to buy a new kit and have 2 sticks laying waste. If there is a HUGE difference, I'll go for it. If it's only a couple of FPS. It's not worth it to me. Buy 2 kits will cost about $100 and I'll have to store 2 good sticks of RAM.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:05 PM   #17
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Gaming doesn't require high performance RAM so you won't notice a difference there. For things that do require RAM you will notice the difference.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:09 PM   #18
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OH! So, 4GB of dual channel won't give me more performance than single channel? I don't really think it's worth spending $50 more for dual channel. I don't mind waiting a few extra seconds, haha. I think I'll go for the 2x2GB single channel route.
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