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I acquired a Dell Dimension 5200 with XP Home and 2x 128MB sticks of RAMBUS.

Is Samsung the only maker of RAMBUS, and where can I find more of these RAMBUS sticks?

256MB on XP is a little sluggish..
 

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Man with Fans
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Damn.

Ain't got PayPal and in my situation I can't send cash overseas.

I need to have a look at my local PC parts mall... See if they've got a few sticks of those.

And it'll be helpful if anyone can provide a service manual for this Dell.
 

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If you find some in your area, don't get over 1GB. I remember buying 2GB RDRAM and it would actually slow down systems. So your best bet would be 4 x 256MB, or 2 x 512MB

Ebay has plenty if you can find someone to buy via paypal for you, it's expensive though once you start looking at 256MB+ sticks
 

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Thanks.

RAMBUS is available at a maximum of 512MB per stick, right?

I'd just like to ask why 2GB slows it down.
I'm using XP, it should be able to handle 3.2, but IDK.

It's my first time working with such an old computer I don't really know what to expect.
LOL.
 

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I think, and 512MB Sticks are super expensive.

I am not sure why it happens, but I read it somewhere and thought they were crazy. So I updated to 4 x 512MB on two boards and both times memory speeds and overall snappy-ness of the system was slowed down.

It's best to run 4x256MB or 2x512MB, I can't remember how 1.5GB was though, sorry.
 

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1.5GB is an optimum amount, eh?

That will be 2x 256 + 2x 512.

They are to be mounted in pairs, right?

E.g. 256 - 256 - 512 - 512

Instead of

256 - 512 - 256 - 512

Am I right?
 

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I am not sure, I can't remember how 1.5GB was. I know 1GB was better than 2GB though, for your wallet and the system.

It could have just been the boards I was using though too, not sure?

How you install them depends on your board, you will need to check the manual.
 
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