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Poll Results: 2GB or 3GB of RAM..all in dual channel?

 
  • 68% (13)
    Just stick with my 2GB of DDR500 (at DDR428)
  • 31% (6)
    Install my spare 1GB kit of Hyper X with my current RAM (still at DDR428)
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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Alright, take a look at my sig rig. My RAM currently runs at 214MHz 2,3,2,6,1T.

Now I'm wondering if I should put in (with my current RAM) a 1GB kit of Hyper X DDR400. This would give me 3GB of RAM instead of 2GB...and it would still run dual channel (both are matched sets). However I would be FORCED to run 2T command rate instead of 1T. I believe the Hyper X should still be able to handle the tight timings though.

I could most definitely use the spare 1GB in my rig, when I'm folding, OCN'ing, messengers, music, and a full screen game open (COD4, Race07, Crysis, etc.)....I'm really kind of running low on available RAM when doing so.

So would I see benefit from installing another GB of RAM? Or should I just leave it alone?

EDIT:
NEVERMIND! I tried it out, and 3GB of RAM gave me BSOD central unless I loosened the timings so loose that it was pointless to have my DDR500. It was worth a shot at least.
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post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 
Added my poll.
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post #3 of 15
I will not vote, but as stated earlier the only way to find out for sure if you'll receive a performance gain is to try it out. So I'm post voting you install and test and let us know
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post #4 of 15
I'll have to vote on the first due to my own experience with mixing RAM.
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post #5 of 15
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Anybody else? I know that mixing RAM is usually a big no-no, but I really could use the extra RAM installed. I don't really want to try it out and find out for sure just yet.....because taking the Hyper X out of my HTPC would be a royal pain. Its got 2 other home theater components sitting on top of it, with cords that are just barely long enough to make it to where they need to go. So if I'm going to do this, I'm going to make sure its worth it.

Also:
I see a LOT of new OEM machines (emachines, Gateway, Dell, etc..) coming with 3GB of RAM. I've looked into one said Gateway and it had 4 sticks installed (2x1GB, 2x512MB)...so I'm assuming this isn't too bad of a way to go? After all, OEM companies are doing it.
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post #6 of 15
If not OCing, then adding the mismatched RAM might be a good idea (but that's purely a guess; a lot of it depends on whether or not your system will be able to pass POST with mismatched RAM pairs). But mixing RAM types is too big a gamble, in my opinion. Sounds like BSoDs galore waiting to happen.
    
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post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by txtmstrjoe View Post
If not OCing, then adding the mismatched RAM might be a good idea (but that's purely a guess; a lot of it depends on whether or not your system will be able to pass POST with mismatched RAM pairs). But mixing RAM types is too big a gamble, in my opinion. Sounds like BSoDs galore waiting to happen.
Hmmm, so you think that adding the 1GB kit of Hyper X into my rig wouldn't be a good idea then? It requires the same voltage, and has the same stock timings as my DDR500 when clocked at 400, so I would assume it would just plug in and go, no? Thanks for the input joe....waiting to see what the poll says.
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post #8 of 15
It's not just about stock VDIMM values and timings and such; it's entirely possible that you might be mixing RAM ICs. That's really the issue here.

Of course, it's your rig, and your choice. If testing shows it's a definite benefit with no possibility of penalty, then go go go!
    
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post #9 of 15
2T drastically downs your RAM performance, as Dual+single channel does. I'd stick with Dual Channel if i were you
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post #10 of 15
Ok now....who voted for the 3rd leg?..........It's not even an option!
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