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Memory Upgrade: Is It Time To Add More RAM?
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In order to generate comparable results, we used the same test system for both kinds of operating systems. We installed the OSes by transferring both 32- and 64-bit Windows 7 versions (with updates and drivers installed) to the system's SSD. The Phenom II X6 CPU was overclocked to 4.0 GHz for maximum CPU horsepower, and it was still stable enough to survive a 24-hour test run with all the RAM slots populated. All tests with 12 GB of memory were performed using a 2 x 4 GB and 2 x 2 GB combination of RAM modules.

Components
Details
CPU
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (Thuban) @ 4.0 GHz
Cooling
Prolimatech Megahalems + Noiseblocker Multiframe M12-PS
RAM
4 x 4 GB Kingston HyperX 1600 CL9, 2 x 2 GB Kingston HyperX 1600 CL9
Motherboard
MSI 890FXA-GD70
Hard drive
Super Talent Ultradrive GX2 (System), 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (Programs)
PSU
Aerocool V12XT 800 W
Case
SilverStone Raven RV02
Ventilation
Zalman fan control for 1 x Noiseblocker Multiframe S3 120mm and 3 x SilverStone 180 mm
OS
Windows 7 Ultimate x86, Windows 7 Ultimate x64


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