I want to buy 4GB of DDR2 memory. I can do this by buying 4 x 1GB sticks or 2 x 2GB sticks. I have seen two sets of memory sticks that interest me. There is a huge price difference between the two so I was wondering which would be better to purchase (i.e. would the expensive set be worth it?).
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC)
800MHz RAM Speed, CAS 4-4-4-12 Timings, 1.9-2.3v VDIMM, Lifetime Warranty with GeIL. - £35.24
I would need two of these sets to make up 4GB, bringing the price to £70.48
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400C4 800MHz Reaper HPC Enhanced Bandwidth Edition Dual Channel DDR2 (OCZ2RPR800C44GK)
800MHz RAM Speed, CAS 4-4-4-15 Timings, 2.1-2.2v VDIMM, Lifetime Warranty with OCZ - £140.99
As you can see, Set 2 would keep two of my memory slots free but I doubt I would ever use them anyway. It's twice the price of Set 1. With Set 1 I would need four sticks. Would the timings suffer as a result? I assume that Set 2 would work at the advertised 4-4-4-15 timings but Set 1 wouldn't work at the 4-4-4-12 timings if four sticks were used? If this is the case then would using four sticks slow down the memory timings significantly?