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)
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?)
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.
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.
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.