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Just a general question,

Ive just brought some Geil 4GB DDR2 800MHZ (Black Dragon)

I already had 2GIG of DDR800 in there but it was un-branded.

Is it worth putting the 2GIG in there along with the 4GB, or would it just make it perform slower?

Thanks
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i would leave them out while on XP......
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Take it out, the Geil would be forced to perform at the timings of the other RAM (if I'm not mistaken), which probably suck.
    
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post #4 of 11
Useless to use 6GB on XP unless it's x64 which it isn't.
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post #5 of 11
take out the unbranded and put in the Four Gigs of GEIL.
plus your XP would only take 4Gigs of Ram unless you get the 64bit version
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Sorry,

Forgot to update my System, Im running on Windows Vista Ultimate x64
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if your running x64 vista, stick it all in...... timings & frequency's are no where near as important as the actual amount of RAM you have with this OS....
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post #8 of 11
If you can run all 6GB, do it. It may boot it may not. Go into the BIOS and try to manually set the speeds, the voltage, and the 5 important timings (tCL - tRCD - tRP - tRAS - tRC - command rate). If it boots up at decent speeds and timings (such as DDR2 800, 4-4-4-12-23-2T) then I'd definitely keep it. Vista loooves RAM, and as previously mentioned speeds and timings aren't going to impact performance much as long as they're DDR2 800 or faster and 4-4-4-12 or 5-5-5-15. But remember, when running RAM of different types, the following problems occur:

(copy/pasted and modified from my answer to a thread about 2 down from yours )
Can you combine RAM of different types? Probably, but here's what is important to know when combining different IC's:

1) All memory modules must run at the same speed. This means your overclock is going to be limited by the weakest module.
2) All memory modules must run at the same timings. This means if one set can run 4-4-4-12 timings at 400MHz (DDR2 800) but the other set needs looser 5-5-5-18 timings, it all has to run at 5-5-5-18.

Now that all kinda sucks, but here is the deal breaker for a lot of people...

3) All memory modules must run at the same voltage. If one set needs 2.1v to run at the current speeds and timings, but the other wants 1.8v, you could be in trouble. Setting the voltage to 1.8 could undervolt the 2.1v kit, causing it to not work at the given speeds and timings, but setting all memory to 2.1v could fry the 1.8v kit.

Good luck!
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post #9 of 11
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Thanks for the good advice.

Ill have a look at the voltage in the bios tomorrow and then put the other 2GB in and see what they change too, perfere to be on the safe side then the sorry side

Thanks again

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Sure...and I'm interested to hear your experience with the Black Dragons, I'm thinking about buying my own sticks...
    
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