Dual DDR RAM

I'm thinking about getting an 8RDA+ mb and stock it with DDR 333 RAM. Is there much difference in getting RAM in pairs rather than single? It would be less expensive to get 1 512 rather then 2 256 (eg, Crucial on NewEgg: $90 for 512, $50 for 256).

Also, what types/brands of RAM should I get (or avoid) for overclocking? Is the $40-50 (256) RAM good enough?

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by crooper on 08/18/03 06:51 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. heya crooper;

    Dual Channel memory configuration, requires that you configure the ram in two seperate memory channels as it uses two memory controllers to enable the Dual Channel memory mode.

    You will need to buy two memory modules to achieve Dual Channel Mode, so if you plan on only running 512MB of DDR then you need to buy 2x256MB modules, if you plan on running 1GB which is what i recommend then you need to buy 2x512MB modules.

    As a side note, I recommend that you buy pc3200 as this will help future proof you, and also allow some Overclocking.

    Crucial is an excellent choice as it is the industry standard module.


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  2. In the price range that you're considering I would recommend two Buffalo (winbond) PC3200 memory modules.

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  3. Is it really important to get CL 2.0 RAM over CL 2.5?
  4. I read an article on Tom's Hardware that said that serveral mobos (even 400 fsb) were faster with 333 mhz ddr ram than 400 mhz. Why is 400 important, then, for overclocking?
  5. DDR400 is important mainly for overclocking, but it will also run better at aggressive settings at DDR333

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  6. 400 is insignificant for most AMD settups, but needed by many Intel settups. Overclocking increases those needs.

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