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From what I understand so far, if I were to purchase 4x512MB of RAM I would only be able to use 2T timing. Is this the only disadvantage in comparison to 2x1GB or are there other factors which make 4x512MB worse than 2x1GB?
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From what I understand so far, if I were to purchase 4x512MB of RAM I would only be able to use 2T timing. Is this the only disadvantage in comparison to 2x1GB or are there other factors which make 4x512MB worse than 2x1GB?
Some say that 4 sticks is harder for the IMC to control. Personally, I've not seen any difference in overclocks running 2 or 4 sticks.
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What about the difference between 2x512MB and 4x512MB? Will the extra strain of 4x512MB limit my overclock/timings?
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What about the difference between 2x512MB and 4x512MB? Will the extra strain of 4x512MB limit my overclock/timings?
Possibly. Depends on the quality of the IMC in the CPU. It's having to control twice as much memory now. Didn't have any effect on my old San Diego though.
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Thanks for the help. I have 2 sticks of 512MB corsair XMS 4400C25PT arriving from ebay soon, so I am not sure whether to splash out on another 2x512MB sticks. What do you think?

Also, I noticed that you have a DFI mobo. I am thinking of changing my Asus A8N deluxe for a DFI LanParty DR expert for the extra OC possibilities. Do you think this is a wise move? Will I get a better OC with the DFI mobo?
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Thanks for the help. I have 2 sticks of 512MB corsair XMS 4400C25PT arriving from ebay soon, so I am not sure whether to splash out on another 2x512MB sticks. What do you think?

Also, I noticed that you have a DFI mobo. I am thinking of changing my Asus A8N deluxe for a DFI LanParty DR expert for the extra OC possibilities. Do you think this is a wise move? Will I get a better OC with the DFI mobo?
Nah, save it for your next system upgrade. The money it would cost you to switch motherboards won't be worth the performance gain you'll get. As a rule of thumb, I'd never buy 2 motherboards of the same socket type. Wait for your next big upgrade.
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Nah, save it for your next system upgrade. The money it would cost you to switch motherboards won't be worth the performance gain you'll get. As a rule of thumb, I'd never buy 2 motherboards of the same socket type. Wait for your next big upgrade.
I'd agree. Unless you're desperate for more vcore then I'd stay put.
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The thing is though that I have just upgraded my PC about a month ago. I had never OC'd before so I didnt research the mobo and RAM properly, and now I starting to wish that I had got the DFI DR expert. I could probably sell my A8N Deluxe on ebay for around £80-£90 so I would really be wasting that much money. Changing mobo would be a hassle though as I would have to turf everything out my case an restart the build. Should I do it???
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The Vcore isnt really an issue for me as I am really happy with my CPU OC. It is my RAM OC which is annoying me. The A8N will only support 1T upto 240MHz, whereas the DFI will do far higher on 1T. Also I have heard that the DFI would increase my OC when compared to the A8N.
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The Vcore isnt really an issue for me as I am really happy with my CPU OC. It is my RAM OC which is annoying me. The A8N will only support 1T upto 240MHz, whereas the DFI will do far higher on 1T. Also I have heard that the DFI would increase my OC when compared to the A8N.
You won't notice any difference between 1T and 2T in gaming or other apps. Also, the slight OC you might gain wouldn't be worth the hassle. I say pass and be happy with what you got.
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