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Currently I have 3GB (2x1GB & 2x512MB) of very old Samsung memory stock clocked at 667MT/s and overclocked to 800MT/s 5-6-6-18 (Unganged).

Is it worth upgrading this to a G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) 1066MT/s 5-5-5-15 kit for around $40?

I am currently using an Athlon II x4 640 @ 3.0GHz on a Gigbyte GA-MA785GM-US2H rev 3.3


Edited by IvantheDugtrio - 5/18/13 at 4:50pm
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Not if your system can't run it at 1066 mhz. And not if you don't fill up the 3GB you have already.

You won't see crap for a performance increase if the motherboard will only be able to run it at 800 anyways.
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The motherboard supports 667, 800, 1066, and 1200. I'm sure it'll work and that I can probably overclock it. I'm just wondering if I'll notice any performance benefit from getting higher clocked ram with lower timings.
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Only slightly. Though I doubt it will make a big difference.
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In that case I probably won't bother getting it. The price of the G.Skill kit I want on Ebay went up to $50.

It's sad that DDR2 is still so expensive, probably more so now than ever because no one makes it anymore but hey, that's what aging technology is.
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that's some crappy timins..Yeah..I'd say get some Mushkin d9s
1200-ish @ 4s

lemme see if I can find a link..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mushkin-Redline-2x1GB-XP2-8000-DDR2-1000-Overclocking-Micron-D9-4-5-4-11-RARE-/111075371281?pt=US_Memory_RAM_&hash=item19dc9ba911
don't be afraid of 2.3v....
I think them are a notch better than mine..yeah..but i know how to rape um biggrin.gif
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In that CPUZ shot, the Northbridge frequency is 2GHz. Even my old Athlon II X2 255 Regor was able to pull off a 2.4GHz NB overclock and would go all the way to 2.6 for suicide runs. And most recently I had a Phenom II X3 720 up to 2.4GHz NB.

Even if you just run DDR2 800, if you push the NB you will see some definite increases. Especially in overall system response. Not to mention the little boost just from having a matched kit and only 2 sticks. Your kinda missing out on what your system still has to offer.

I would get a 1066 5-5-5 kit, and push both the RAM and the NB as far as you can. Thats still a pretty decent quadcore processor your running.

EDIT: And I wouldn't bother testing out NB overclocks until you have a matched kit, because I doubt it would go too far on that mismatched set of four sticks that you have now.
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In that CPUZ shot, the Northbridge frequency is 2GHz. Even my old Athlon II X2 255 Regor was able to pull off a 2.4GHz NB overclock and would go all the way to 2.6 for suicide runs. And most recently I had a Phenom II X3 720 up to 2.4GHz NB.

Even if you just run DDR2 800, if you push the NB you will see some definite increases. Especially in overall system response. Not to mention the little boost just from having a matched kit and only 2 sticks. Your kinda missing out on what your system still has to offer.

I would get a 1066 5-5-5 kit, and push both the RAM and the NB as far as you can. Thats still a pretty decent quadcore processor your running.

EDIT: And I wouldn't bother testing out NB overclocks until you have a matched kit, because I doubt it would go too far on that mismatched set of four sticks that you have now.

That's what I tried a while ago and basically I can't overclock anything at all. I just hope I can get such a kit for a decent price.

Also since you mentioned that the mismatched kit is probably hurting this, would scaling back to just two of the sticks with the same memory capacity help?
Edited by IvantheDugtrio - 5/19/13 at 11:10pm
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That's what I tried a while ago and basically I can't overclock anything at all. I just hope I can get such a kit for a decent price.

Also since you mentioned that the mismatched kit is probably hurting this, would scaling back to just two of the sticks with the same memory capacity help?

Yes;Less stress on the IMC.I linked some good sticks..
 
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Most definitely.
    
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