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Upgrade from PC2700 to PC3200 memory?

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May 22, 2006 9:57:17 AM

Right, i have laptop with the following relevant specs:

Mobile Athlon 64 4000+ (2.6GHz, Newark, s754)
2x 512Mb sticks of pc2700 RAM

Im considering upgrading it in some way or another (and since its a laptop the only two ways to go are prety much just memory or hdd) so question is:

If i buy a single 1GB stick of PC3200 memory, would there be any measurable perfomance increase over my current PC2700 memory. Or would i be better off just going for more rather than faster (i.e buy a GB of slightly cheper pc2700 and have a total of 1.5Gb instead)
May 22, 2006 10:12:49 AM

This is based on my reading of posts here over the past couple of years, I have no benchmarks or anything to back up my claim, but here goes:

Two identical sticks of 1 Gb each would be a boost, whether you choose PC2700 or PC3200. I don't *think* you'd notice an upgrade if you go with 1 Gb (single stick) of 3200, or 'mixed mode' RAM, such as 1Gb + 2x 512 MB, because you would lose the dual channel advantage you get from just two identical sticks.
May 22, 2006 10:14:55 AM

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Right, i have laptop with the following relevant specs:

Mobile Athlon 64 4000+ (2.6GHz, Newark, s754)
2x 512Mb sticks of pc2700 RAM

Im considering upgrading it in some way or another (and since its a laptop the only two ways to go are prety much just memory or hdd) so question is:

If i buy a single 1GB stick of PC3200 memory, would there be any measurable perfomance increase over my current PC2700 memory. Or would i be better off just going for more rather than faster (i.e buy a GB of slightly cheper pc2700 and have a total of 1.5Gb instead)



Dear Lord :)  If I remember correctly pc2700 is rated at 333 and 3200@400,
so then,RTFM,and it will tell you your laptops capabilities,as in to do or not to do ???EH what ??
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May 22, 2006 10:15:22 AM

I would get a bigger/faster hard drive before upgrading the memory speed on a laptop.
May 22, 2006 4:49:23 PM

OI! No need for insults, natrually i already know that it WILL support PC3200. i am asking will i gain any perfomance improvements, and secondly, thers no advantage to splitting the ram across two sockets since the processor dosent support dual chanel as far as i know ( its certainly not dual channel atm, and i have 2x512 identical stcks of ram)
May 22, 2006 4:53:54 PM

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I would get a bigger/faster hard drive before upgrading the memory speed on a laptop.


That was my primary plan, find a 7200rmp drive to replace the 5200rpm one, its already 100Gb so size isnt an issue, but from my experinces before its a pain to try and use the origonaly provided install discs since they wont let you install on a different harddrive.. which means going out and finding all the drivers for each component.. and getting windows on it to. since they dontgive you a proper windows install disk either
May 22, 2006 5:07:27 PM

You could get an OEM copy of XP with the new drive, not the best solution but easier.
Someone has the new perpendicular HD's out now with 160gig capacity for laptops, expensive but.

Does your laptop have a DVD burner? If not this is another upgrade also.
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