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post #1 of 22 Old 04-20-2008, 06:50 PM - Thread Starter
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Between the two, which is better for OC and Gaming? I'll be using them w/ a 5000+ BE.

Two orders of these (to make 4 gigs):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

or; One order of these (4 gigs):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220267

Is there any positives/negatives to 4 sticks (other than the upgrade-ability)?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098
2x2 is always better, it stresses your mobo less
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That link doesn't work bro. And does it make that much of a difference?
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2x2 is always better, it stresses your mobo less
What he said. It is much easier to overclock two sticks. Also, to be guaranteed an excellent overclock, look for RAM that has Micron D9 chips. I believe Crucial is a subsidiary of Micron, so they should have such chips on them.

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Does Mushkin have Micron chips? Isn't all Crucial one sided now?
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Sorry for bumping, but I was hoping for an answer tonight so I can order soon! Thanks
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4x1GB puts more stress on the memory controller, which is rumored to have some negative effects on overclocking. However, I have heard that this was more of a problem with socket 939, and that socket AM2 doesn't struggle anymore with 4x1GB than it does with 2x2GB.

4x1GB makes it more expensive to upgrade to 8GB in the future, but that's not a big deal. By the time you need/want 8GB, you'll probably be looking at DDR3 anyway. However, 4x1GB also increases the chances of memory dying, as you have 4 sticks that need to stay healthy versus 2 sticks.

Honestly I don't think it's a big deal either way. Those G.Skill 2x2GB PC2 8000's are good for that price, but so are the 4x1GB Patriot's. I bet they'd both overclock about the same, I say flip a coin. The first set of G.SKill you linked to aren't very good though, don't choose those if you decide to go 4x1GB.

And remember, both Windows 32-bit and 64-bit have the memory hole between 3-4GB. You can get around that with 64-bit Windows by enabling memory hole remapping, but that can be a little buggy with some motherboards.
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mine clock like beasts......4x1gb 24/7 use.
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Aight, there's nothing at all wrong w/ the Patriot's though, right?
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