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HTPC RAM upgrade advice request

Hello,

I have a Gigabyte Mini-ITX mobo (GA-E350N-USB3) http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3681#:

I'm using it as an HTPC and it does a pretty nice job considering I'm still using the on-board video (PCIe 1 (running at 4x) AMD states it is compliant with the PCIe 2.0 Standard. It is currently configured with 4GB of G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666); Timing 7-7-7-21; Cas Latency 7; Voltage 1.5V.

Here's the memory spec from AMD:

2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB (total) of system memory
* Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.

Single channel memory architecture

Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066 MHz memory modules

I'm considering an upgrade to 8 GB with one of the following based on AMD compatibility chart:

G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL: DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666); Timing 9-9-9-24-2N; Cas Latency 9; Voltage 1.5V

or

G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH: DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666); Timing 7-7-7-21; Cas Latency 7; Voltage 1.5V

My questions are:

1. Is this a worthwhile upgrade based on performance increase (if noticable) between 4 and 8 GB of RAM?

2. Which of the above RAM sticks will serve me best?

3. Anyone have a good recommendation for a DDR3 based video card (PCIe 2.0, see above)?

Thanks for your time and recommendations.

Oskaar
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    oskaarz said:
    Hello,

    I have a Gigabyte Mini-ITX mobo (GA-E350N-USB3) http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3681#:

    I'm using it as an HTPC and it does a pretty nice job considering I'm still using the on-board video (PCIe 1 (running at 4x) AMD states it is compliant with the PCIe 2.0 Standard. It is currently configured with 4GB of G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666); Timing 7-7-7-21; Cas Latency 7; Voltage 1.5V.

    Here's the memory spec from AMD:

    2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB (total) of system memory
    * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.

    Single channel memory architecture

    Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066 MHz memory modules

    I'm considering an upgrade to 8 GB with one of the following based on AMD compatibility chart:

    G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL: DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666); Timing 9-9-9-24-2N; Cas Latency 9; Voltage 1.5V

    or

    G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH: DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666); Timing 7-7-7-21; Cas Latency 7; Voltage 1.5V

    My questions are:

    1. Is this a worthwhile upgrade based on performance increase (if noticable) between 4 and 8 GB of RAM?

    2. Which of the above RAM sticks will serve me best?

    3. Anyone have a good recommendation for a DDR3 based video card (PCIe 2.0, see above)?

    Thanks for your time and recommendations.

    Oskaar




    Hi,

    1) Yes, you'll definitely see a performance change from 4 to 8.
    2) The second memory will be the better.
    3) Not sure about the video card. I'd suggest asking the Graphics thread about this.

    You can try the memorystock.com or even crucial, though both don't offer GSkill I believe. Good luck with the upgrade!
  2. Thank you for your help, I very much appreciate your time and answers! Marking this as solved.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
  3. oskaarz said:
    Thank you for your help, I very much appreciate your time and answers! Marking this as solved.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar


    You're :welcome:
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