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Hey

My mobo is an ABIT ab9, Core 2 quad Q6600 2.4 CPU. I had 2GB dual channel 1-1GB Geil RAM and I upgraded to 4 gigs 2-2 dual channel kit. I tried to sell my 2GB kit, no luck so they were just piling dust. I added them to my system, 4GB kit is a Corsair kit at 800 MHz, Geil 2GB kit at 533 MHz. My system is currently OC and the memory is at 667 MHz 6GB. Ive done some benchmarking and got more points this way with OC and without OC than 4GB at 999 MHz. My question would be: am i doing damage to my memory? RAM voltage is 1.8V, Corsair voltage is builder recommended and Geil I think its 1.9.

Thanks in advance!
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If you are overclocking higher mhz is better, however if you are not overclocking but you are more on ram intensive application like video editing or serious animation or multi-tasking then more ram is better.
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Forgot to mention, I use it as an audio workstation. Recording and editing music and sound files.
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Forgot to mention, I use it as an audio workstation. Recording and editing music and sound files.
Them 4GB would be enough for you.
    
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Them 4GB would be enough for you.
Thanks for helping.
I didn't notice better performance with 6gigs, also my 4gigs was more than enough for me to work with, I just want to know if I am doing damage to any of my hardware.. Everything stable, no crash or lock ups. CPU idle 35C at room temp and I get better score in benchmark.

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Edited by Use - 2/4/11 at 2:08pm
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If you work with a lot of raw audio(or video) you'll want as much RAM as you can get. Its much faster loading everything into memory(if you have lots of it) vs reading from disk. SSDs are also a plus for this kind of work.

RAM clock speed is most important for performance and then Timings as second.
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I had my first BSOD today and removed the geil kit. Obviously there was some incompatibility too bad I did not find out if it made any difference, I was in the middle of a render when it did occur. Also no damage done, kit is running fine if seated alone. If anybody else had any experience with difference memory modules Id like to hear them. If not, its a locker.

My conclusion: better have less RAM at higher MHz than more incompatible RAM at lower MHz. go figure

thanks!
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