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1024mb pc2100 ddr266 or 512mb pc3200 ddr400

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June 1, 2004 10:48:48 PM

im a bit confused of what type of ram to have in my system, atm i have 2x512mb pc2100 ddr266 both of random makes and not in dual and im thinking of upgrading to Twinmos 512mb pc3200 ddr400 2x256MB in dual mode my current system is:

p4 2ghz (soon 2.8prescott)
asus p4s800d
pc2100 ddr266 2x512 (not dual)
audigy platinum 2
ati9800 pro
+ the rest
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June 2, 2004 2:40:37 AM

Well, you're upgrading to an 800 bus CPU, your best option is PC3200 if you won't overclock at all, PC3500 if you overclock a little, PC3700 for a moderate overclock, or PC4000 for an extreme overclock.

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June 2, 2004 7:58:38 AM

the thing is, would i not lose performance coz of the 512mb drop, i am a avid gamer, i play games like farcry and daoc
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June 2, 2004 8:31:16 AM

The 800 bus processor running memory at 2/3 the bus speed would be a larger handicap than the difference between 512MB and 1GB when playing games.

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June 2, 2004 3:19:37 PM

1 other question would this choice or memory be ok or should i go for a different make?

TWINMOS 512MB Dual-Channel Kit. PC 3200 DDR 400, 2x 256MB
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June 2, 2004 10:54:13 PM

I'm not familiar at all with that board and have little knowledge of the chipset. I know that some boards are fussy with RAM, especially in dual channel mode. Normally if people have problems with "good" RAM I tell them just raise the DIMM voltage a little, but I don't even know if your board supports it.

If you want PC3200 that will work in nearly any board, dual channel or not, needing no manual adjustments, I suggest Crucial. They program their SPD values a bit slower than they "need" to, in order to assure the memory is stable in nearly any system. Their Cas2.5 modules, for example, might be rated Cas2 by other companies, the slightly longer latencies being used to assure stability.

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June 3, 2004 3:01:14 PM

Ive heard bad things about twinmos. I would go with a different make for the ram, Kingston or Corsair is always a good choice.

My system specs: Athlon XP 2500+ barton, 512MB PC2700 RAM, MSI motherboard, WD 80GB special edition, ASUS radeon 9600XT
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June 4, 2004 12:53:18 AM

Hey, it's on their compatability list, if he has a problem he can always shove it in their faces!

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