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October 9, 2008 10:35:46 PM

:hello:  Hi, I have a few questions concerning DDR2 RAM.

1) Does the number of sticks you have make a difference? I ask because I saw a 8gb kit with 4 sticks that was much cheaper than one with 2 sticks, and the same for 4gb of ddr2. Does this mean anything, like more cards=worse performance? Should I buy an 8GB kit or buy sticks individually?

2) Is there any performance difference between DDR2-800 and the higher ones like 1066?

3) What exactly are timings? For example, I see RAM with 5-4-4-18, and one with 6-6-6-19. What do these mean, and what should I shoot for?

Thanks! :D 

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October 10, 2008 12:19:23 AM

#1 over 4gb ram you need 64bit operating system.
#2 the motherboard has to support or limits the amount of ram
#3 in most cases stick with DDR2-800. For best results the fewer sticks the better like 2 x 2gb sticks vs. 4 x 1gb sticks. Also for best results choose ram that defaults at 1.8v and has a lower Column Address Strobe (CAS)
like 4-4-4-12
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October 10, 2008 12:20:16 AM

1-usually kits with less sticks perform/overclock better and are more stable
2-no, not worth it unless you overclock... like a crackhead
3-for ddr2 800, shoot for 4-4-4-12 or something really similar... or less maybe
ddr2 1066 5-5-5-15... those are normals
October 10, 2008 12:47:09 AM

I see, the mobo is 780i btw.

Well, since you guys say DDR2-1066/DDR2-1200 doesent give better performance than DDR2-800 (which I find weird, why would it cost more?), hows this kit? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It has 4 sticks, but its very cheap, which is why I like it.

But money isnt a huge problem. Any 8GB DDR2 you guys can recommend?
October 10, 2008 12:49:01 AM

Whoa, the lower the timings the better?

Then why does RAM with higher timings cost more?
October 10, 2008 4:01:13 AM

A whole 1 fps isn't worth the extra cash for DDR2-1066 over 800. Better off doing what the guys in the review you posted did, and oerclock the 800 RAM, that is... if 1 fps is that massively important.

If not, DDR2-800 is perfectly adequate. Personally, I like to underclock my RAM to run at a 1:1 ratio with my CPU's FSB (my 800 is underclocked to 667 at the moment).
October 10, 2008 11:05:02 PM

Kraynor said:
A whole 1 fps isn't worth the extra cash for DDR2-1066 over 800. Better off doing what the guys in the review you posted did, and oerclock the 800 RAM, that is... if 1 fps is that massively important.

If not, DDR2-800 is perfectly adequate. Personally, I like to underclock my RAM to run at a 1:1 ratio with my CPU's FSB (my 800 is underclocked to 667 at the moment).


Alright, well can you recommend some good 8GB DDR2-800 or up sticks then? Those OCZ 8GB for $150 seems way too good to be true... so can you recommend any really good ones?
October 10, 2008 11:41:21 PM

I'm using 4 x 2GB sticks of OCZ Platinum RAM. It does the job nicely in my opinion :) 
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