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January 25, 2013 6:14:13 PM

I have a msi rs480m2-il motherboard http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1802 which currently has two 512MB memory modules in it. Can I add two new 1GB memory modules such as http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid... ? I am worried that I will be mixing different RAM modules.

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January 25, 2013 6:28:03 PM

A very old board to say the least.
Supports up to 4GB memory size. Dual channel DDR333/400MHz. Memory modules.

So four 1Gb memory sticks in each of the four memory slots of the board.
Try not to mix them it`s a bad idea. If you do make sure each stick matches in Speed.
DDR 333Mhz or DDR 400Mhz, and the timing values of the memory also match on all of the memory sticks Eg: 4-4-4-12.
Here have a check on the specs, click on the link bellow to check out what I have just told you ok.

Should work ok with two 512Mb sticks and two 1Gb sticks in the other two free slots of the motherboard.

http://uk.msi.com/product/mb/RS480M2.html#/?div=Detail

Good Luck.
January 25, 2013 6:40:21 PM

Do you only need to make sure that the pairs of sticks are correctly matched? So two of one type and two of another is fine?
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January 25, 2013 7:12:09 PM

If you have two sticks of 512mb, you need to check there speed. DDR 333 Mhz or DDR 400Mhz, then on a sticker on the ram it will tell you the timing values. Eg :4-4-4-12.

Take note of these, look at the two 1gb memory sticks you intend to buy and make sure they Match the old sticks in speed and the timing values.
The board supports up to a total of four 1Gb memory sticks.

So two 512Mb sticks of memory size, and two 1Gb memory sticks will work.
January 25, 2013 8:05:18 PM

Thanks very much. How can I get the "accept answer" button?
January 25, 2013 8:15:47 PM

If you have two different types of RAM, then the faster RAM will slow down to match the slow RAM. You may have to manually set the speed(s) of the faster RAM to match.
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January 25, 2013 8:22:31 PM

You can mix and match RAM and your system will run. However it will be far from optimal. Ram speed will be slowed to the slowest stick in a group (if one is 333 and one is 400 both will run at 333). Timings will also be adjust for the lowest in the group (if one is 6-6-6-20 and one is 4-4-4-12 it will run at 6-6-6-20). Running different sizes will also disable some options like bank interleaving and dual channel.

Short answer: yes it will run but it will run at the slowest possible speed.
January 26, 2013 7:13:49 AM

Thanks. Do you have to put in two new sticks or can you just add one?
April 20, 2013 11:17:53 PM

If it is a dual channel motherboard and you run an odd number of ram stick it will effect performance..
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