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Worth upgrading to PC2-8500 Ram?

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December 6, 2011 7:46:58 PM

I have an ASUS M3N78-VM motherboard and I just upgraded to an AMD Phenom II X6 2.8GHz 1055T cpu.

During the upgrade, it appears that one of my (4) 2GB PC2-6400 SDRAM modules died, so I need to replace it.

I'm wondering if it would make a noticeable difference to upgrade all 4 modules to PC2-8500 (DDR2 1066) or if I should just replace the one that died with another PC2-6400 module.

Also, the ASUS web site states "DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ CPU only". Does this mean it isn't supported by my AM3 CPU?

Any recommendations on the best brand of RAM to buy?

Thanks!

Alan

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December 7, 2011 1:39:31 AM

I don't think that 4 x 8500s would be hugely better than 4 x 6400s. I would just get another one of the exact same kind you already have if it were me.
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December 7, 2011 1:58:49 AM

Considering the price of DDR2 RAM, I'd recommend just replacing the dead stick.

Besides, most DDR2-1066 RAM is simply DDR2-800 RAM that has been tested to run at the higher speed, usually at an increased voltage and more relaxed timings.
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December 7, 2011 4:28:56 AM

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but if you want a high speed ram then upgrade your board, get one that support ddr3.
ddr3 is 3-4 times cheap than that of ddr2, and then you can have more ram and more speedy ram
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