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2X2 or 1X4? ...and some other questions.

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May 16, 2007 11:47:31 PM

I have 2GB (1X2) of OCZ Platinum DDR 800 Ram in my sytem, and quite simply, I need more. Running 64bit Vista + Vanguard can easily fill up my memory even with my services nicely axed. However, I'm unsure what the best upgrade path would be.

My brother in running 2GB of XMS6400C4. So if we both wanted to go to 2 gigs, I suppose that we could each get a new set from the respective companies. However, as I've discovered that their are better ram companies out there, I tend to lean against this.

What I'm tempted to do is pick up a 2X2 set, and put it in my system, and give my OCZ ram to my brother. As he does not overclock, I doubt he'll have any trouble whatsoever running OCZ 800 in one channel and Corsair 800 in the other. I can test it later with Prime95 or something to be sure. Then I can get either a better quality set (for overclocking, or 2X2, for ease of troubleshooting and/or upgrading)

However, I'm noticing that the 2X2 sets have higher latency. On Newegg there's a Patriot set with 5-5-5-12 and a G.Skill set with 5-5-5-15 both around $250. Is it really worth it to go 2X2 or should I just pick up two more sets of 1X2? I don't easily see myself going above 4GB for the life of this system, but it's always possible.

And just so you guys know, here are my specs:

E6400@400FSB for an effective 2.4ghz
2g OCZ DDR 800 (currently)
MSI P965 Platinum (oh how I regret this now, thanks for nothing tom =p)
Raptor 150
Etc.

So, if you had roughly $250 and wanted to take both system up to 4GB, what would be your choice? And are Patriot, G.Skill, and Geil good reputable brands? (Microns?)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and here's some (1X2)

http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA43540...

Thanks much

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May 17, 2007 12:33:34 AM

Either way is fine. The brands you mention are all reputable brands. Like all brands, though, some of their modules are better than others. If you want Micron D9s you'll have to ask them which parts have them, then try to get specifically those parts from a vendor.
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May 18, 2007 9:37:21 PM

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Birdia,

2*2 will be better than 4*1. Think of it like 4ea 512mb or 2ea 1gb.

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/5224337 Here's some cheap stuff.

Mushkin has very nive 4gig sets.

Good Luck


Wow... I should have checked out Fry's. I ordered the Patriot 2X2 set from Newegg already for $270 after rebate. $135 per stick vs $100. Nuts.

Thanks for the advice though. I can't wait until they arrive. 4GB of ram. O.o Wow.
May 19, 2007 2:53:04 AM

Quote:
Birdia,

2*2 will be better than 4*1. Think of it like 4ea 512mb or 2ea 1gb.

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/5224337 Here's some cheap stuff.

Mushkin has very nive 4gig sets.

Good Luck


No, thats not true at all. You should have read the post above u.

There is NO difference between 2x2 and 4x1 except that 4x1 gives u much better price/performance.
May 19, 2007 4:04:12 AM

Actually i think if you have 4 sticks of RAM, the RAM will run at a decreased speed due to the higher power requirements, at least on some motherboards, i think. I'm pretty sure that 2 x (X)GB sticks is better than 4 x (X/2)GB sticks.
May 19, 2007 7:06:16 AM

Not on the motherboards ive tested, fred.
May 19, 2007 8:12:03 AM

Measured purely by specs, the 4X1 is better. Timings on the 1GB sticks are 4-4-4-15 as opposed to 5-5-5-12 on the 2GB sticks. However, the convenience and longer useful lifespan of the 2X2 set made it worth the extra cost to me. $270 is more than I've ever spent on ram, but ram is one of the things I try not to ever skimp on.
May 19, 2007 2:33:22 PM

I haven't actually tested it. I just read it somewhere, not sure where, but i remember reading it.

Edit: I read it in the Memory FAQ that i have in my sig. :oops: 
May 20, 2007 1:15:20 AM

where? its a big faq.
May 20, 2007 2:56:06 AM

Its under the heading "Dual Channel". About halfway down the page.
May 20, 2007 8:24:50 AM

You mean this? - "The only potential problem: Because you are using 4 memory modules, which require more power, your system may clock the speed of the modules down to maintain stability."

Just because it clocks the memory down, dosent mean that u cant clock is back up. And u should unless u have an old motherboard with a weak memory controller.
May 20, 2007 11:56:09 PM

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You mean this? - "The only potential problem: Because you are using 4 memory modules, which require more power, your system may clock the speed of the modules down to maintain stability."

Just because it clocks the memory down, dosent mean that u cant clock is back up. ...

In this case, yes, that's exactly what it means.
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