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This is going to sound really strange being on this forum, but I'm not an overclocker, to be honest, the idea scares me since I don't have money to replace anything. Now I've had 2 512MB DDR400 sticks in dual channel, and I recently installed a 1GB stick of the same stuff and the RAM bumped itself down to 166MHz most likely due to the fact that it didn't like an odd number of sticks in it's slots (3). It also kicked itself in Single Channel mode, and I anticipated both of these things to happen, my question is, would I be pushing my Motherboard harder than it wants to by default by manually setting the sticks to 200MHz? And if so, how much? thanks in advance for all helpful replies.
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Hi, By setting it manually the mobo wont have more stress then it has atm! The ram may have more stress but nothing that would damage it since it's 200mhz stock! I think the reason for the ram running in single channel is because the 3 sticks isn't in the same color slots...Try using the 1GB and a 512mb stick in the same color slots and see if it switches back to dual channel
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200 mhz shouldnt hurt anything
    
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nah you should fine - when I went to 4x512mb it halved the speed it was running it - I've since manually clocked it back up to 208mhz (an 8mhz OC lol) and its absolutely fine
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wow thanks for the quick replies. I'll try replacing the sticks to see what happens, but the thought just occured to me, wouldn't manually setting the timings on two completely different sticks cause dual channel? Like forcing a 2.5 CAS stick to match a 3.0 stick's timings?
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