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Yeah I see what you are saying. When it comes to this 2x2 vs 4x1, it is a very iffy subject because most people will argue the 2x2 for future proof but to say you will need anything even close to more than 4 gigs of ram any time soon is ridiculous and when that one day finally comes, I am sure a new motherboard will be in order. It is iffy but if you have the money, the 2x2 USUALLY will give at least a some what higher performance.
DDR3 mainstream is only less than a year away. Guarantee that next summer, DDR3 will be like DDR2 is now, DDR2 will be like DDR,....just run 4gigx4....by the time you need to change up from 4 gigs, it wont be to DDR2, I promise.

DDR3 is super expensive now with loose timings, give it till next summer, you'll see....I remember when TCCD and BH-5 were SPANKING DDR2...now look at it....

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exactly what paul said the timings wil be higher on the 2gb sticks so you will lose performance. but paul the problem with the memory controler does exist but it is on amd system with the on die MC intel has never been affected.
Intel IMC > AMD MC.....trust me, Intels can handle 4 sticks. Lookit my ram
 
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Someone willing to provide proof of memory controller stress. I have never heard of such nonsense.
I've heard of it, quite a bit actually when the question of 4 or 2 modules comes up, but I can honestly say I've never seen any proof .

Still, If you're buying new RAM (not using old modules at all) it's usually cheaper to go (for example) 2x1GB than it is to go 4x512MB. If you've already got 2GB (in 2x2 format) though, it's probably cheaper to just add another 2x2GB than it is to buy 2x4GB, even if you're selling your old kit.

I'd like to see some evidence for the whole memory controller stress argument though, as I've heard it a lot and it would be nice to see some confirmation .

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but krunk your MC is in the northbridge not on the cpu die, that is why intels handle 4 sticks better than amds.
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but krunk your MC is in the northbridge not on the cpu die, that is why intels handle 4 sticks better than amds.
Yessir, I know

The guy in question has an Intel
 
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DDR2's "sweet spot" appears to be in the 1gb dimm. I believe this was stated in the recent review by anandtech on ddr3. However, its not through performance,but dimm yields.

What I mean is, typically you will see great deals on 1gb dimms more than 2gb dimms. THis is very evident right now with the HZs out and the recent Ballistix price drops. They were all for 2x1gb pairs.

Look back to ddr, which had a 512mb "sweetspot" (again, I believe this was stated in the anandtech review). Yes, there were 1gb dimms ,but they never were as cost-effective as the 512mb dimms.
    
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