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RAM question. 1x2gb vs 1x2bg + 1x512mb

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February 23, 2010 10:59:47 PM

Quick question for the community.

My laptop used to have 2x512mb RAM. I just bought a 2gb stick. Which would be faster

1x2gb + empty slot

or

1x2gb + 1x512mb

The second one of course gives me 2.5 gigs of RAM, but I'm worried that having inconsistent ram in the two slots will slow things down.
a b D Laptop
February 24, 2010 3:53:47 AM

It depends on the speeds of the memory, but in most cases, it won't noticeably slow anything. You'll see a difference in memory-intensive applications...but pretty much that limits you to memory and CPU benchmarks, and even then, the difference will be slight.
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February 24, 2010 3:55:27 AM

They're both 667. I'm not sure about the timings. So you'd go for the 2.5gig arrangement?
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a b D Laptop
February 24, 2010 4:09:25 AM

The memory will all revert to the slowest module's timings. But it'll be fine. You won't be overclocking or whatnot, so the more memory the merrier.
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