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Alright, here's what I have going on. My sig rig runs a VM for folding. I have not yet managed to get a stable overclock yet as I have not yet had the full day required to do so.(Lots of wedding and family things going on) I had just upgraded from 2x1GB XMS3 1333mhz RAM to the 2x2GB XMS3 1600mhz RAM. Now when I head into the bios my readouts tell me that the 1600mhz RAM is running at 1333mhz right now. And with me running a VM I see RAM usage top out at about 95% or higher.

Should I add in the 2x1GB RAM to up the amount I have to run the computer smoother?
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I think you want to keep all of your ram sticks the same, mixing might lead to unstable OC. And you might have to manually change the speed in bios, mine never picks the right speed on auto.
Edited by blazed_1 - 10/14/11 at 4:50am
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Yes, definitely. If you're close to filling up the RAM performance can drop which would probably affect the speed of the main OS and the VM. More RAM can't hurt, even 2x4GB kits aren't that expensive nowadays.

*EDIT: More RAM sticks could affect OCing though, specifically CPU-NB OCing. It shouldn't affect the speed the cores can attain, but you never know until you try. Anyhow you might bet better and more predictable performance if the RAM isn't filled up (less swapping) than with an extra 2%OC
Edited by dragosmp - 10/14/11 at 4:54am
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If I play sc2 while running vmware, i go up to around 5.4gb used, with 2GB dedicated to vmware. I think 6 gb would be plenty but with prices of ram dropping so much lately, i would definitely consider a 2x4gb kit. I think i saw a 2x4gb 1866 sniper kit for around 60.

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The more the merrier

I like having a good dump of ram (although I only have 6GB currently) so I can disable the pagefile, run multiple VMs and ofcourse game at the same time. Gotta love the 6 slots of ram on X58
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post #6 of 10
Yes, your not taking advantage of the faster speed anyways it sounds like.

Faster ram is only beneficial (and rarely noticeably so), when you have enough of it. If your maxing out ram usage feel free to put your old 2x1 set in there also.

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post #7 of 10
Moved - AMD Memory
The 2x2GB kit will likely be limited to 1333Mhz when running with the 2x1 kit (which I don't necessarily recommend due to possible IC conflicts).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Moved - AMD Memory
The 2x2GB kit will likely be limited to 1333Mhz when running with the 2x1 kit (which I don't necessarily recommend due to possible IC conflicts).
Thanks for the move xd.

The 2x2gb kit is already running at 1333mhz anyway. I have not overclocked anything yet as I can't seem to get it stable when I do. I must be missing an adjustment somewhere.

Basically its some people telling me yes and other telling me that doing so will mess with my overclock settings. All I know is right now with just 1 Google Chrome window with 2 tabs open and the VM folding a 2685WU my RAM usage is at 95%. Thats with the VM being set at 2GB.

I am gonna take the chance and add the 2x1GB sticks and see how it goes. Not like I can't take it back out later.
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Right. Added the 2x1GB RAM. Total RAM usage is now at 65% max. I feel a lot more comfortable now.
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depend on what you are using ...
    
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