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I want to buy 2 more 2GB sticks of the exact same RAM. Is there a program that can do this?
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CPU-Z will tell you what kind of memory you're running (clock speed, timings etc), but you could always just pull out a module and take a look at the sticker / model number
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CPU-Z will tell you what kind of memory you're running (clock speed, timings etc), but you could always just pull out a module and take a look at the sticker / model number
Would it be okay to buy a different brand if clock speed and timings are the same?
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Look at the sticker on the actually ram in your pc
or download CPU-Z

Just make sure that:
Its the same type ( DDR2 or 3)
Same or Higher frequency (1333mhz or higher)
and similar timings ( cl9 / cl8 / 9-9-9-12)

Mixing brands is not TOO bad, it can rarely cause issues.
do not pay a premium just to mathc the models.
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Look at the sticker on the actually ram in your pc
or download CPU-Z

Just make sure that:
Its the same type ( DDR2 or 3)
Same or Higher frequency (1333mhz or higher)
and similar timings ( cl9 / cl8 / 9-9-9-12)

Mixing brands is not TOO bad, it can rarely cause issues.
do not pay a premium just to mathc the models.
Alright could you tell me the timings on my RAM? I don't really know anything about RAM:

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Would it be okay to buy a different brand if clock speed and timings are the same?
Clocks, timings and voltage - yea you could (you might even get away with mixing speeds etc too so long as voltages are same).

Really depends on your motherboard and if it decides "ok cool" or "baaahhh why you do that"?
Which is ultimately why it's always recommended to install memory in *matched pairs.

Essentially if it comes down to spending a couple more bucks on a matching set (or selling your current for a higher density kit - that's the safest way to go).

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Alright could you tell me the timings on my RAM? I don't really know anything about RAM:

Looks like you're running them at 1340Mhz, timings are 9-9-9-24, can't see DRAM voltage and you're running them in unganged mode.
You should go into your BIOS and change them to ganged mode (dual channel).
Edited by candy_van - 5/29/11 at 9:21am
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Clocks, timings and voltage - yea you could (you might even get away with mixing speeds etc too so long as voltages are same).

Really depends on your motherboard and if it decides "ok cool" or "baaahhh why you do that"?
Which is ultimately why it's always recommended to install memory in *matched pairs.

Essentially if it comes down to spending a couple more bucks on a matching set (or selling your current for a higher density kit - that's the safest way to go).



Looks like you're running them at 1340Mhz, timings are 9-9-9-24, can't see DRAM voltage and you're running them in unganged mode.
You should go into your BIOS and change them to ganged mode (dual channel).
What exactly would that do?
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What exactly would that do?
It would enable them to run in dual channel
Ganged/unganged (AMD setups) refer to running in dual-channel or single channel mode.
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It would enable them to run in dual channel.
Ganged/unganged (AMD setups) refer to running in dual-channel or single channel mode.
I understand, but what is the benefit of running them in dual-channel over what I have now?
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I understand, but what is the benefit of running them in dual-channel over what I have now?
They run faster.It's like raid for your ram,they work as a team effectively doubling the data rate.Supposedly.

Also if you don't find yourself running out of ram,buying more won't do a damn thing.
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