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How much PC1066 RAM with my Northwood B?

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May 26, 2002 3:34:54 PM

I'm getting a NW-B with PC1066 RAM.

Since the RAM is pretty expensive, I need to know how much I need for my Northwood.

I plan to use the computer for intense gaming, encoding and ripping, and maybe architectural design (not heavy 3d).

Options are 512MB or 1024MB, running windows XP Home. Going 512 will save me 300 bucks compared to 1 gig, but I want to know that my performance won't be greatly hindered by "only" 512 mb of RAM.

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May 26, 2002 6:06:16 PM

I play plenty of games and stuff, and I think 512MB is plenty. I don't think 1gig is really needed for your work, maybe check out the price for 768MB and see.

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May 26, 2002 6:09:26 PM

I would go 512....you can always upgrade later when prices lower.

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May 26, 2002 8:09:40 PM

You sure you don't wanna try overclocking PC800? I hear most got it easily stable at PC1066?

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May 26, 2002 8:19:52 PM

Maybe he wants to overclock PC1066.......

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May 26, 2002 11:51:51 PM

I could easily overclock the PC800, but PC1066 has a response of 32ns, while even the new PC800 is "only" 40ns.

I plan on running at a 145 FSB, hopefully this won't F*** up any of my system components. It's only a 12 FSB increase, so I guess it shouldn't.

Anyone think the PC1066 RAM from Kingston will overclock to 1160?

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May 26, 2002 11:59:17 PM

It'll probably go to PC1200.

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May 27, 2002 12:08:55 AM

Cool. When I oc'd my 900 to 1.2 ghz i forget to adjust the memory to a 1:1 ratio, and it worked perfectly (PC133 SDRAM). When at a higher ratio, the only thing making the system unstable was the memory at 150 mhz.

I'm not sure to goto 143 or 145 FSB. 2717 mhz vs 2755.

I wonder if 2 mhz will make a difference in AGP/PCI/IDE stability.

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May 27, 2002 4:50:16 AM

512MB on two 256MB DIMMs.

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May 27, 2002 12:05:41 PM

768mb? How could you do that? RDRAM is dual channel in series. You need at least two sticks w/ the same amount of memory. If I remember right, they sell in 128, 256, 512, and maybe 1gig. Any of those *2 or *4 doesnt equal out to 768.

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May 27, 2002 12:08:18 PM

Go w/ as much memory as you can afford. 512 is a good amount for XP, its MUCH better w/ memory than win9X.

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May 27, 2002 9:23:10 PM

I'm somewhat disappointed at Samsung PC1066 RDRAM pricing.

Maybe they wanted more profitability from RDRAM seeing the recent SDRAM price drop whether the main contributor was Samsung or not.

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May 27, 2002 11:07:10 PM

Yeah sorry about that. I totally forgot about the stupid paired RAM sticks. Can you use different pairs like 2x256+2x128??....

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May 27, 2002 11:11:00 PM

Nope, you must have equal sized pairs.

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May 27, 2002 11:13:50 PM

Ok thanks for the clearup. And sorry for the confusion.

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May 28, 2002 12:51:21 AM

I will be surprised if they even put 128MB PC1066 RDRAM in any Dell system soon.

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May 29, 2002 1:29:26 AM

Yes! You CAN use two different pairs of RDRAM.
My Willy is running with 2x64 plus 2x128

The info from suppliers can be confusing. I believe the following are true:
A. Both RDIMMs in a pair must be the same size in MB
B. They must all be ECC or they must all be non-ECC
C. The number of devices in each channel must be the same.

I know XP Pro and above will support 1GB and up. But will XP home support 1 GB? W95, W98, and Wme complain that there is not enough memory if it is 1GB or more.




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May 29, 2002 2:22:00 AM

128, 256, and 512? All I can find is 256 PC1066 from kingston. Who else has it for sale and where?
May 29, 2002 5:16:08 AM

Old_fart, your actually using 2 equal pairs of pairs, no oen ever said you couldnt do that.




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May 29, 2002 11:41:42 AM

Well when I said this:
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Can you use different pairs like 2x256+2x128??....

You said:
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Nope, you must have equal sized pairs

That answers it....

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May 29, 2002 3:57:15 PM

Check <A HREF="http://www.pricewatch.com" target="_new">PriceWatch.com</A>, there will be more vendors adding PC1066 this week.

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May 30, 2002 2:36:04 AM

Ahh, misread your comment, thought you were asking if you could use 256+128.

Retracted statement to old fart.

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May 31, 2002 12:35:16 AM

Matisaro - Glad to see someone (you) with the self-confidence and integrity to admit a mistake, no matter how minor. Thanks

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May 31, 2002 3:10:50 AM

Hm. I wonder when Samsung will begin production of RDRAM RIMM4800 and RIMM5333.

Just read something about 32-bit modules supporting 150/600/1200MHz and 166/666/1333MHz.

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