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I have two 512 sticks double sided and i would like to get up to 2 gigs. Would i be able to buy a gig stick to make 2 gigs because i dont know how that works with how many double sided and single sided sticks you can have.
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post #2 of 24
You could but if you have 4 memory slots i would get 2 more 512 sticks, same ones or ones with the same latency.
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post #3 of 24
I'm trying to figure out what you mean by "double-sided." The best I can figure is that you mean: both sticks are in the two slots (of the four total slots) that are next to eachother and you want to know if you can put a single 1 gig stick in one of the remaining two slots.

The short answer is: yes.

The longer answer: If you have DDR2 as opposed to DDR memory, then you want the two 512MB sticks in slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4 (if slots look like this: || || --> 12 34) in order to run dual channel. then you can put the 1 gig stick in an empty slot. If you don't have DDR2 memory, then leave them where they are and put the 1 gig stick in an empty slot.
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I think he means the ram chips are on both sides, and on some sticks the chips are on one side.
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post #5 of 24
Its called dual ram or something like that, i forget. But yes it will work, it would just be better to get 2 more 512mb sticks.

Edit: I think he is talking about dual layered.
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post #6 of 24
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So should i get 1 gig stick or 2 512s?
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post #7 of 24
2 512's are they offer a slight higher overclock than 1 gig sticks.
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post #8 of 24
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Could you point me into the direction of some good pc2700?
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The thing with dual sided RAM (which, yes, does mean that there are chips on both sides of the DIMM) is that older motherboards could only address so many banks of RAM. For example, if a board had four slots, it might be able to address four banks. A double sided DIMM occupied two banks, so only two double sided DIMMs could be used on that type of board. I don't believe that's an issue with "modern" system, though. It is an issues with a couple of the P3 mobos I have.

How much are you looking to spend on RAM? You may be better off getting PC3200 for three reasons 1) it'll give you more room to overclock if you decide to do so, 2) you really should be running PC3200 in the first place with a P4 3.2 (both run off a 200 MHz external clock; you have to run PC2700 slower than your 3.2 which hurts performance), and 3) PC3200 is a bit more common than PC2700, so it's often a bit cheaper.
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post #10 of 24
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So basically you are sayin that is should sell my RAM and buy 3200 correct. How many double sidded sticks can i have? My mb model # is below. So should i just get a gig stick of 3200 and just have a gig on my system for now? Would i notice performance wize with 3200 insted of 2700? Would you point me in the direction of the RAM i should get? Why would i get 3200 when i could get 3700? Iam not sure if my mb supports it or not thats why iam asking. Iam going to overclock too.
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