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machine still slow after 1gb mem added

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June 21, 2007 10:26:41 AM

they there,i had a prob with games and people said it can be becasue i have only 1gb mem i changed that to 2x 1gb corasair xms havnt tried the games yet but the benchmarks stayd the same from 1gb to 2gb mem ? i have a geforce 7900gt is that stopping me ?
June 21, 2007 11:05:45 AM

What are your scores,specs?I am running a 7900 gt with a 4000+ got 8549 in 3D Mark 5 last I checked and plays most games rather well.
June 21, 2007 11:56:45 AM

usually benchmarks wont really benefit too much from adding another GB of memory... but for current games, your framerates should be more consistant and fluid now, and you should be able to increase settings some now too without as much of a penalty to performance
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June 21, 2007 12:51:03 PM

i don't really understand how that could happen. but in theory those benchmarks utilize mainly the gpu & cpu am i correct? sure ram is important but perhaps not as much as other hardware. i've ordered another gig of ram, should b here by Monday (damned weekend), hope i don't have a similar problem.
Another question, by running 4x512mb sticks of ram (pc3200), does that decrease the frequency from 400mhz to 333mhz so that the ram is stable?? thats what i have heard... thanks
June 21, 2007 1:05:45 PM

If it is that benchmarks might not benefit as much from the extra RAM as actual gaming, try downloading FRAPS. You can run that while you are playing a game and it will show you the FPS in the corner of the screen. You can try removing 1GB of RAM and running fraps to see what sort of frame rates you are getting, then add the 2nd GB and compare.
June 21, 2007 1:33:45 PM

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Another question, by running 4x512mb sticks of ram (pc3200), does that decrease the frequency from 400mhz to 333mhz so that the ram is stable?? thats what i have heard... thanks


Running a 4x512 ram setup will limit the ram to a 2T setting. Running a 2x1 gig setup will allow a 1T setting, thus speeding up the ram considerably. There is no decrease in frequency from 400 mhz to 333 mhz because of running 4x512 sticks. The speed drops occur when you are overclocking, though some ram types will allow up to a 10% overclock before throttling back. Check the website of your ram company for specifics on this.
June 22, 2007 12:14:25 AM

ahh thanks aheap for clearing that up. I knew about the T1/T2 timings but was insisted that i was better off getting 4x512s. oh well im happy with 2gb no matter what. its arrived jsut now woot!
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