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I really don't see how two sticks doubles the chance of failure, I think more rather it halves it. IMC's are fine with two sticks, they only start struggling with 4. RAM doesn't consume much power to begin with; it is not a problem especially at only around 1.8-2V.
post #12 of 19
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I really don't see how two sticks doubles the chance of failure, I think more rather it halves it. IMC's are fine with two sticks, they only start struggling with 4. RAM doesn't consume much power to begin with; it is not a problem especially at only around 1.8-2V.
There's a chance of errors on a stick of RAM. Now take two sticks of RAM. You know have the same chance on each of the sticks = double the chance of failure.

Otherwise I agree, but he's still right.
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I disagree with going dual-channel. Dual-channel only really benefits games, and even then it does not add much.

The single stick at 800mhz will be faster for 95% of applications. Dual-channel is pretty close to a gimmick.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...G,1705-11.html

^^^and that was with the sticks at the same speed. So 667 vs. 800 is going to lean heavily toward 800mhz being the victor.
Edited by corky dorkelson - 12/20/10 at 8:28am
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^ thank you
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WOW! I promise I did NOT intend to begin a mini-war this morning!

I do appreciate everything everyone offered ... I am going to slap the 2 667s in & get everything going - then maybe tinker & see if I can improve their performance ... clock a tiny bit, or something, anything --- then try with the 800 stick ... What progz might I want to use to measure performance between the options, & then between any tinkering I do & the 'stock' numbers I get to reference (compare) between?
    
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WOW! I promise I did NOT intend to begin a mini-war this morning!

I do appreciate everything everyone offered ... I am going to slap the 2 667s in & get everything going - then maybe tinker & see if I can improve their performance ... clock a tiny bit, or something, anything --- then try with the 800 stick ... What progz might I want to use to measure performance between the options, & then between any tinkering I do & the 'stock' numbers I get to reference (compare) between?
Don't bother with that, there won't be any noticeable difference, especially for the computer's intended usage. The only thing you will notice is if you manage to run out of RAM with the 2gb, so might as well throw the other stick(s) in.
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I disagree with going dual-channel. Dual-channel only really benefits games, and even then it does not add much.

The single stick at 800mhz will be faster for 95% of applications. Dual-channel is pretty close to a gimmick.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...G,1705-11.html

^^^and that was with the sticks at the same speed. So 667 vs. 800 is going to lean heavily toward 800mhz being the victor.
Dual channel is not a gimmick. Single channel to dual channel is a huge difference, only going to triple channel does the difference stop. All my friends who I have told to rearrange their RAM for proper dual channel setup have noticed faster load times and snappier OS performance. That review really doesn't test most of the apps you'd use for real world performance and what dual channel usually gives in advantage (i.e. faster load times). Once again dual channel is not a gimmick.
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Dual channel is not a gimmick. Single channel to dual channel is a huge difference, only going to triple channel does the difference stop. All my friends who I have told to rearrange their RAM for proper dual channel setup have noticed faster load times and snappier OS performance. That review really doesn't test most of the apps you'd use for real world performance and what dual channel usually gives in advantage (i.e. faster load times). Once again dual channel is not a gimmick.
Meh, just delete this. I just reread the article and came to a slightly different conclusion than I had before.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 12/20/10 at 4:22pm
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I see now; we're strictly talking real-world applications though that really don't take advantage of the bandwidth but yes to the latency and all.
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