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Phenom II X4 965 better with 2 sticks or 4 sticks of ram

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March 21, 2012 5:13:39 AM

Morning Peeps

Need some advice.

i have just ordered a new Phenom II X4 965 and at present i have 2 x 2GB ram sticks.

Thinking of buying another 2 sticks of the same ram to bump my system up to 8GB in total however i have heard that some chips like the phenom like 2 sticks better than 4?

Now i could be confuddling myself with my old chip the Phenom 9650.

My mobo is a GA-MA770-UD3.

Cheers everyone
a c 159 à CPUs
March 21, 2012 9:28:11 AM

I would try selling your old ram and go with a 2 x 4 gb kit of corsair, kingston, gskill, or crucial if your board supports it (check the board specs on their webpage here: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3.... Mushkin also had some good reviews at newegg. Your gigabyte board will work with most brands.
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March 21, 2012 12:21:06 PM

Just been looking at 2 x 4gb 1066mhz ram that would fit my mobo and its costing over £100.

only £40 for the adata ones.

a c 93 à CPUs
March 21, 2012 1:00:50 PM

I've never noticed any difference between 4x2GB and 2x4GB, although some motherboards can be touchy using 4 sticks if you overclock cpu.

Spend the £40 on DDR2, anything more is not a wise investment on something end of life.
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March 21, 2012 3:13:45 PM

I've never noticed any difference in OCing an X4 955 on an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe using two sticks or four. Max CPU OC is the same with either configuration. Of course, every system is different, but unless you're pushing for the absolute maximum RAM OC I don't think it matters much (I wasn't).
March 21, 2012 4:15:42 PM

I don't plan to OC as I am not 100% comfortable with it yet. Got a 3.4 processor so well fast enough for my needs.

The added memory will help. DDR 2 is expensive compaired to DDR3, probably due to it being phased out.

Heard that some memory controllers work better on 2 sticks than 4.
March 21, 2012 4:15:55 PM

I don't plan to OC as I am not 100% comfortable with it yet. Got a 3.4 processor so well fast enough for my needs.

The added memory will help. DDR 2 is expensive compaired to DDR3, probably due to it being phased out.

Heard that some memory controllers work better on 2 sticks than 4.
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March 21, 2012 8:15:54 PM

I didn't notice the ddr2 spec. So I wouldn't spend the money. Sell your old board and cpu and you should have enough to switch to am3 and ddr3.
March 21, 2012 8:32:16 PM

I have been thinking that, however in real terms, how much performance improvement, will i get with a AM3 mobo and ddr3 memory compaired with what i have got.



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March 21, 2012 9:02:12 PM

2x4 vs 4x2 is the same unless the ram doesn't match. I doubt you'd get much out of an AMD3 board especially since theres not much of a cpu upgrade path right now.

Just stick 2 more 2gb in there and you should be fine. Or maybe hold off and save for a new system all together in a bit since ddr2 is really overpriced for what it offers.
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March 21, 2012 9:04:41 PM

You can check craigslist for used ddr2; I've seen 4 gb as low as $40 where I live. DDR3 is faster, especially when overclocked with the cpu.
March 21, 2012 9:11:43 PM

Someone on ebay is selling 2 x 2GB of the same memory as i already have for 40 earth pounds, that will take me up to 8GB total.

I didn't use a swap file and 4GB was fine for me, but playing Skyrim and the release of the creation kit and the HD pack has pushed my 4GB to the max and i have had to turn the swap file back on.

£40 is far cheaper than a new mobo and memory, however the issues i have heard about memory controllers has made me question before i spend my cash.
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March 21, 2012 9:13:30 PM

the controller is fine unless you OC.
March 28, 2012 5:42:31 PM

i Now have the 8GB of DDR2 ram as that seemed to be the cheapest option for me.

Not going to OC so everything should be ok.

Thanks for all the advice.
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