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4 512Mb sticks or 2 1GB?

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January 27, 2006 2:02:42 PM

Which would be better: (4) 512MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM, or (2) 1GB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM. Both have a CAS latency of 2.5. The 4 sticks of 512MB costs less than the 2 sticks of 1GB. Both are made by G.Skill.

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January 30, 2006 9:13:22 PM

2 1 gb obviously, more room for improvement in the future!
January 30, 2006 11:06:03 PM

I'd say 4 sticks of 512mb for 3 reasons:

1) Overclocks better.

2) You get to use Dual Channel with each combo.

3) It's not really likely that you'll need OVER 2GB of RAM, so I wouldn't worry about using up all the slots.
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January 30, 2006 11:41:11 PM

id stick with 2 1GB sticks, ecspecially if they both have CAS2.5 4 sticks is just a hassle. plus you can dual channel anyway id think 4 might make it slower because itd just have to access more memory slots *insert intellectual computer talk* and thats how to cure world hunger...
February 6, 2006 5:02:56 PM

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I'd say 4 sticks of 512mb for 3 reasons:

1) Overclocks better.

2) You get to use Dual Channel with each combo.

3) It's not really likely that you'll need OVER 2GB of RAM, so I wouldn't worry about using up all the slots.


Five years ago people said we would never need more than 512KB of ram..lol I remember games like the original Rainbow 6, and its minumum requirements was 64KB of memory. Now todays games, like BF2's minumum requirement is 1GB. As graphic games become more demanding of a systems hardware, you will see these numbers continue going up.
February 6, 2006 5:22:29 PM

2 x 1gb I say

I found this article Here which shows you take a performance hit running 4x512.

Should be able to get 1t timings with 2x1gb prob wont be able to with 4x512
February 6, 2006 6:07:47 PM

I would say go for 2x 512Mb and the most expencive once...
You´ll gain much more perfomance!!!

What do with your computer? Play games or making realy big movies/images?

If you play games you don´t get more perfomance from 2Gb than 1Gb. So buy the fastest 512Mb pair you can find.
February 6, 2006 9:43:23 PM

get 2x1gb. unless you have the new dfi sli-dr expert board, it is absolutely impossible to run 1t timings with 3+ sticks of RAM, and 2t is about a 30% decrease in performace for memory. however, if you need to extremely high FSB, i would go with 2x512 since there is no 2 gig packs rated at above pc4000 right now, and they also have fatter timings.
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