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Hey,
I have a GA-EX38-DQ6 (They didn't have any X38-DS4's in stock), E6850 (3ghz) CPU and 2x2GB corsair CL4 kits (PC6400).

I was thinking of upgrading the memory to PC8500 and getting a 4GB kit hence freeing up two memory slots, but I'm not sure whether it would make any difference to system performance.

How would I even tell if faster memory would improve performance. The memory can't be accessed faster than than the CPU frequency. or is it the FSB frequency?

Anyway, what do people think.
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wait do you have a 2x2 kit now or not? if you do there is no reason to get a new kit
    
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Mhz is better than timing..

you can use 4x1gb or 2x2gb.
     
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Originally Posted by Cr4zYH3aD View Post
Mhz is better than timing..

you can use 4x1gb or 2x2gb.
Its the other way around timings are more important then megahertz (thats what happens when a computer falls on your toe "megahertz") And don't get 4 dimms it limits overclocking.
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Its the other way around timings are more important then megahertz (thats what happens when a computer falls on your toe "megahertz") And don't get 4 dimms it limits overclocking.
no he is correct with an intel platform MHZ is king although it is the other way around with an amd setup
    
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post #6 of 11
You can check your memory latency.
I use Everest 'Cache and Memory Benchmark' to bench.
MHz shortens latency pretty much, timing shortens latency as well but not as much as MHz i'd say.
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no he is correct with an intel platform MHZ is king although it is the other way around with an amd setup
I never knew that
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how much ram does your os show?
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Ok, to clarify I'm running 64-bit gentoo linux dual booted with 64-bit vista.
I have 4x1GB sticks of OCZ PC6400 4-4-4-15 and
I want to know whether there will be any point getting 2x2GB sticks of PC8500, which would leave room for adding another 4GB in the future. Obviously if the faster ram would not improve performance I would stick with my current configuration.
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Ok, to clarify I'm running 64-bit gentoo linux dual booted with 64-bit vista.
I have 4x1GB sticks of OCZ PC6400 4-4-4-15 and
I want to know whether there will be any point getting 2x2GB sticks of PC8500, which would leave room for adding another 4GB in the future. Obviously if the faster ram would not improve performance I would stick with my current configuration.

nope...... IMO the ram u have is pretty fast u will see no difference on the eyes or gaming only number crunching will have an improvement...


Cr4zYH3aD.....i honestly belive timings are better than MHZ i've tried both
tighter timings give me better perfomance than higher frequency..
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