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November 19, 2004 5:21:43 AM

Ok, I am wondering what would be a better upgrade. Low Latency mem PC3200 (2X256) running in dual channel mode or 1 gig of PC3200 of value mem. I understand that low latency mem is faster than value ram speeds but is not better to double my mem? I have a P4 3.0 ghz not overclocked. I use my computer for gaming and video editing.

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November 19, 2004 11:17:19 AM

Low Latency Doesn't help that much with P4s. Dual Channel does help quite a bit though, but of course you'll need 2 sticks <i>and</i> a motherboard with a chipset that supports dual channel.

You'll probably get better performance from 1gb of cheaper high latency stuff than you would from 512Mb of LL expensive stuff, but it depends on the application. - e.g. modern games really like lots of RAM, so even though your RAM is quick it'll be constantly paging stuff to and from the HDD.

What mobo do you have?

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November 19, 2004 3:03:34 PM

You answered yourself again! :cool:
November 19, 2004 4:31:42 PM

Lower latency ram does help boot times and general quickness of programs response with P4's in dual channel.
To test it, play around with timings in bios, and time it.

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