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Adding more ram dropped my 3DMark03 score

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xp pro

at default clock speeds i scored 3042 and overclocked i got a 3675 this was 2 days ago when i had only 1 gb of ram (2 sticks of 512)

now i got another stick of 512 making a total of 1.5gb now my score is 2937 when normal, and when i overclock it i get only 3375

all my ram is the same crucial, pc3200 184 pin DIMM all 3 sticks are the exact same part number


why would the score drop? i figured it would at least stay the same
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Well when u stuck that extra 512stick inside you lost your dual channel capabilities. Now if u got 1 more stick of 512 and put it in the 4th slot you regain dual channel, allowing for alot more bandwith.
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i have a asus k8vse deluxe mobo, does it have dual channel?
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basically all mobos with different colored pairs of slots have dual channel
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i looked at asus and in my manual and could not find anything, it only has 3 slots to
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Your motherboard is a socket 754 and the AMD onboard memory controller of the 754 form factor works overtime with three filled slots. This is common. You do not have dual channel in the 754 cpu form factor.

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Your ram went from running 1T to 2T with that 3rd stick
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so what is better having more ram or less ram that is reading faster?
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Originally Posted by Rossfrye
so what is better having more ram or less ram that is reading faster?
If it's only 512 more, then less ram that reads and writes faster.
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