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8 Gigs at 533 or 4 Gigs at 800? (DDR2)

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August 3, 2011 5:27:26 PM

I'm using an Asus M2N32 SLI Deluxe MB that can only support 4 gigs of DDR2-800 but can support 8 gigs of DDR2-533. I use my computer for gaming and audio editing (which can be intense). Should I go for just the extra stick of ram (I currenly have 3 gigs) or should I consider getting 8 gigs?

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August 3, 2011 5:42:55 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

The Differences between Higher Frequency {Faster} + Higher CAS {Slower} vs Lower Frequency + Lower CAS are negligible; <1~3%. So it comes down to 4GB vs 8GB - Hmmm... YES the 8GB WINS!!! However, >4GB requires 64-bit OS.

Example - You have to look at RAM as a whole Frequency {bandwidth} and CAS {pauses} with their combined transmission. Think of is this way a car can instantly go 100 MPH but the Stops are longer (9 sec) vs 75 MPH but the stops are shorter (7 sec) both with a 100 stops in a mile. Further, the CPU however says you can run only 85 MPH.
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