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About a year ago I was running 2x512MB and decided I needed more ram. So I bought 2x1GB and just put the 2x512 aside. So now I have Vista and I was just wondering if I should not put that extra ram to waste and use all 4 memory slots for 3GB total. I know it's supposed to be hard on the memory controller or something, but I was just wondering if the extra ram is worth it or is my extra 1GB of ram useless now?

It would probably hurt my overclock too.
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post #2 of 17
I would just leave it out, the onboard mem controllers on the AMD's flip out with 4 sticks of RAM.
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I personaly wouldn't mix match sizes or different ram...

I'd just keep the 2GB in and sell the others.
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I personaly wouldn't mix match sizes or different ram...

I'd just keep the 2GB in and sell the others.
if u want more ram buy the same kind of 2 x 1gb sticks u have currently have in your rig.
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post #5 of 17
as stated above just stick with what you have, plus all your rams will have different limits, votage requirements, timings etc would be a bloody knightmare finding out your max stable oc imo
    
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That's what I figured, I was just hoping to use that ram since when I bought it, it was actually pretty good stuff. It's OCZ Gold DDR 433 with 2-2-2-5 timings.
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post #7 of 17
I'd say go for it, what's to lose? You can always take it back out. I'm currently running a slight overclock just fine, it's my mobo that's limiting me .
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post #8 of 17
Well

I only stresses the memory controller on certain models. It is not guaranteed to hurt you just try it. I don't see whey it would hurt. Just get the settings the same (latencies) to be best. Otherwise still try it and you will be fine


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post #9 of 17
I do what you are thinking of doing. My CPU and RAM isn't OC'd, but I have 2 x 1GB + 2 x 256MB. I ran benchmarks both ways on read, write, and 3D 06' and found that I did a little better with 2.5GB than 2.0GB. Lesser RAM brings down your better RAM, but benchmarking will tell you whether it's worth it or not.
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post #10 of 17
I am running all 4 slots on my MB and it is runnign great, but I of course have the exact same ram in all four. I wouldn't recommend using different types of ram, but hey try it out and if it works for you then stick with it
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