Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Another memory question

  1. #1
    Studmuffin Flibb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    4,904
    Thanks
    31
    Thanked
    324 times in 277 posts
    • Flibb's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-6300
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250G
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr
      • PSU:
      • FSP
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Deffl TFT thing

    Another memory question

    Have decided that I want to increase the amount of memory to 2gb, its primarilly a game rig (BF2, Il2, HL2, DoD-S), but currently have 2 sticks of 512 that wont run dual channel (memory was not bought as matched pair, rig hangs on boot if it trys to run dual channel). So basically am I better off trying to get 2 more sticks of 512 and attempting to get it to run dual channel, or do i use 1x1Gb stick + 2 x512mb. Supose I could sell the 2 x 512 and try to get 2 x 1gb, what do you think??

    System is as follows
    2 x 512MB PC3200 Value CAS2.5 Geil
    Opteron 146 (2.5ghz must push it some more)
    Asrock 939 dual sata 2 mobo
    9800 pro (with a bit of oc)

  2. #2
    Senior Member sawyen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Sheffield University
    Posts
    3,658
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    22 times in 21 posts
    • sawyen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI Laptop motherboard
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i7 740QM
      • Memory:
      • 8192MB DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 256GB SSD, 1TB WD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • AMD Mobility HD 5870
      • PSU:
      • MSI stuff
      • Case:
      • N/A
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 64bit
      • Internet:
      • Virgin ADSL rubbish
    Running 3 sticks on an AMD 64bit system is definitely a no no... not only will you have to run single channel.. you'd have to live with DDR333 as well..

    If you can, ditch that 2 sticks of 512 and get 2 sticks of 1GB.. or alternatively, run 4x512 like my rig.. you'd have to run 2T.. but it beats 333Mhz anytime..
    Me want Ultrabook


  3. #3
    Nox
    Nox is offline
    Vorsprung durch Technik
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Hampshire
    Posts
    2,023
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts
    • Nox's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Yes
      • CPU:
      • Yes
      • Memory:
      • Yes
      • Storage:
      • Yes
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Yes
      • PSU:
      • Yes
      • Case:
      • Yes
      • Monitor(s):
      • Yes
      • Internet:
      • Yes
    Dual channel will only give you a few % in performance, not a lot.

    It really depends on how much you're willing to spend - I would probably try and sell the two 512mb sticks (seperately) to (almost) raise enough cash to buy a single 1gb, then get another gb at the same time. Even though dual channel may only give a few %, its still free performance if its switched on.

    Nox

  4. #4
    not posting kempez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Basingstoke
    Posts
    3,204
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I would get 2 x 1gb Sticks of RAM mate. Then you don't have to run 2T command rate.

    I reccomend Crucial Ballistix PC4000
    Check my project <<| Black3D |>>
    Quote Originally Posted by hexah
    Games are developed by teams of talented people and sometimes electronic arts

  5. #5
    Studmuffin Flibb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    4,904
    Thanks
    31
    Thanked
    324 times in 277 posts
    • Flibb's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-6300
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250G
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr
      • PSU:
      • FSP
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Deffl TFT thing
    Cheers guys, will probably grab a 1gb stick in new year and see how it works.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    335
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I wouldnt reccomend buying just one stick as you will see no benifit and end up not having a matched pair again

  7. #7
    No-one's Fanboi Thorsson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Neverneverland
    Posts
    2,749
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked
    93 times in 92 posts
    • Thorsson's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570k
      • Memory:
      • 2x8Gb Corsair Vengeance PC1866
      • Storage:
      • 256M4 SSD; 2Tb 7200RPM Barracuda; 2Tb Linkstation
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX970 SC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX650
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Win10 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2515H
      • Internet:
      • Fibre Optic 30Mb
    2x1Gb compared to 4 mismatched 512Mb is quite a big difference. Even ignoring the benefits of 2Gb (which are noticeable in BF2, FEAR and Civ 4 at least), you will likely see performance improvement of nearly 15%: Dual Channel tested here recently gave 7.7% improvement, 1T vs 2T = around 3% improvement and 400 v 333 is the same. These benefits are multiplicative. If you get faster rated, like PC4000, or tighter timings, you can add another 2-3%.

  8. #8
    lazy student nvening's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    4,656
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked
    31 times in 30 posts
    You would not get any performance increase from PC4000 on an A64 because the in chip memory controler only goes up to PC3200, infact, it would be worse (most likely) becuause the timings get worse the faster you go (this is not always the case no, but im talking about not spending crazy prices here). This all changes is you OC though.

    Basically, get 2x1GB (Geil do a Value 2GB pack if you like them) and you waont go far wrong.
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

  9. #9
    No-one's Fanboi Thorsson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Neverneverland
    Posts
    2,749
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked
    93 times in 92 posts
    • Thorsson's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570k
      • Memory:
      • 2x8Gb Corsair Vengeance PC1866
      • Storage:
      • 256M4 SSD; 2Tb 7200RPM Barracuda; 2Tb Linkstation
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX970 SC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX650
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Win10 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2515H
      • Internet:
      • Fibre Optic 30Mb
    Sorry, I should have said I was presuming an OC.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Memory question - high quantity vs better timings
    By behappier in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 22-12-2005, 02:11 PM
  2. Memory dual channel question
    By jack in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 26-09-2005, 12:57 PM
  3. Important Socket 754 Memory Question
    By Kef9 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20-03-2005, 01:35 AM
  4. PSU Query (new Gcard) + Memory question
    By Dorza in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23-01-2005, 08:06 PM
  5. What’s better? Memory setup question
    By Jimmy Little in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13-12-2004, 04:14 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •