memory; speed vs. capacity?

am i better off getting 1gb of faster ram
or 2gb of slower ram?
and what timings am i lookinf for and why?
and what companies are good
i`m interested in pc3200 for an asus a8n sli deluxe
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  1. For gaming: 1GB faster RAM (CL2 PC-3200)
    Crucial, Kingston, Corsair are good brands for gaming.

    Video editing/rendering, databasing/accounting: 2GB slower RAM (CL3 PC-3200)
    Infineon, Micron, Samsung (ORIGINAL) are good brands in this area.

    timings depends on your computer usage.

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  2. Don't forget PDP systems Patriot :smile:

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  3. whats the real world difference between cl2 and cl3?
    my current system i have rambus 1066 mhz memory and i get
    really really good cpu scores on benchmarks, is the cl speed comperable like the bus speed?
  4. There are two ways to increase the performance of a memory module:
    1. increase the clock frequency
    2. increase the throughput

    By decreasing the latency, you increase the throughput.

    The real world difference between CL2 and CL3 is one clock cycle.
    Is that a trick question? haha

    CL stands for CAS Latency. CL2 parts process data a little quicker than CL3 parts in that you have to wait one less clock cycle for the initial data. However, after the first piece of data is processed, the rest of the data is processed at equal speeds. Latency only affects the initial burst of data. Once data starts flowing, there is no effect. Bear in mind, a clock cycle for a PC100 module is 10 nanoseconds so you probably won't notice a significant performance difference. Most systems will accept either latency part. However, there are some systems that require either CL2 or CL3 parts.
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  6. MY BAD !!

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  7. Only buy from a company with good tech support, lifetime waranty and no questions asked advanced replacement RMA.

    I really like Corsairs support forum.
  8. Heh...still checked the site out...b4 the fix...but thought it'd be nice if it worked =D

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  9. so brentunitedmem
    what r u saying?
    should i go for 2gb cl3
    or 1gb cl2
    ?

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  10. I'd go with 1GB CL2 for gaming.

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  11. All though I've heard from Wusy (I think it was him) that you might benefit more on some new games by getting 2GB.

    I always thought 1GB dual-channel is good enough!

    Can anyone comment?


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  12. i don`t think all MB can use cl2 mem?
    so in this case i`m better off with 2GB?

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  13. Of course it's up to you.

    1GB rated CL2 has the potential for CL2. And in rare cases will you need 2GB. Plus, you'll get better performance from 1GB for most of your computer need anyway.

    Also, your board is dual channel, so you already get good bandwidth from 2 pcs 512MB. Your performance will suffer if you address 1GB per channel.

    any other comments?

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  14. that seems so odd that 1gb would be better than 2
    i thought 64 bit cpus could address much more memory
    i guess i should go for 1gb cl2 512x2
    i do know if i use the other 2 banks my mem speed will drop
    thats odd

    well thanks

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  15. It would help if you listed your system specs

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  16. i was going to build:

    asus a8n sli deluxe
    athlon 64 3500
    geforce 6800
    wd raptor 74
    tt psu
    lian li case
    and 1 or 2 gb memory pc 3200 cl2 0r 3

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  17. It's not that 1GB is better.

    Surely, if you were using your computer for video rendering/editing or designing 2GB is better. But I assume you are a gamer.

    1GB is better in the following respect:
    Performancewise, 1GB is optimal for WINXP. Remember, your OS has to provide the memory mapping (page files) for the entire 2GB memory space, and for gaming it's not normal to use more than 1GB system memory. The unused memory space equals a loss in performance. Then, the performance rating becomes an issue of memory usage vs. total memory size.

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  18. thanks for the clarifcation
    you have been most helpful

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  19. yeah, he usually is :smile:

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  20. Woow, that post !o)
    It answers quite well last questiosn I had about "what RAM to get" for a P4-C Northwood i'm building for a friend that's playing *a lot* with Maya.

    Thank you BrentUnitedMem, that was great explanations :))

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