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  1. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    Default Which type of RAM is better?

    I'm talking about OCZ DDR2 PC6400 800Mhz.

    My question is, is there any performance difference between 4X1GB sticks or 2X2GB sticks? The motherboard i will be using supports dual channel memory. I would prefer The 2GB sticks so that i can eventually upgrade to 8GB RAM. But if the 1GB sticks are quite a bit better i will go with them.


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    Brilliant question considering what the site is called right now!
    I'm a bit mental.

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    if it's dual channel, go with the 2gb sticks. but i'm not 100% sure if there's such thing. because i've been told before that 2x1gb dual channel ram is better than getting 2x2gb sticks that aren't dual channeled which i had planned on getting before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo »
    Brilliant question considering what the site is called right now!
    You do know this is to power my brand new goat, don't you?

  5. eleKtro is offline Contain Your Orgasms
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    Better off with 2 x 2 sticks.

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    Seconded^^

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    Go for corsair dominators. The are excellent for gaming and easy to overclock




  8. kalniel is offline Hypercar Enthusiast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Playhouse Disney »
    I'm talking about OCZ DDR2 PC6400 800Mhz.

    My question is, is there any performance difference between 4X1GB sticks or 2X2GB sticks? The motherboard i will be using supports dual channel memory. I would prefer The 2GB sticks so that i can eventually upgrade to 8GB RAM. But if the 1GB sticks are quite a bit better i will go with them.
    Ok.. first off, you'll be able to run dual channel with either setup, so that's not an issue. (Dual channel just needs an even number of sticks).

    Both options have their advantages - going 2x2 gives you room to update the ram later (assuming you are running a 64bit OS), but 4x1 will be cheaper and correspondingly for the same amount of money you'll be able to get faster ram.

    The cheapest option would be to go with 4x1, then when you run out of ram (!) just sell two of them and get 2x2 which will then be cheap, giving you 6gb and staving off an upgrade for a while. By the time 6gb isn't enough you will be changing the rest of your system anyway.

    So, that'd be my first choice if I was buying today. If 2x2 didn't cost too much more then I'd consider it just because it would use less power than 4x1, but the difference isn't huge, whereas the premium for 2gb sticks wasn't insignificant last time I checked.

    Infact, do you actually need 4gb ram now? Cheapest still would be buy 2x1 and then plug in 2x2 later when the price comes down.

  9. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel »
    Ok.. first off, you'll be able to run dual channel with either setup, so that's not an issue. (Dual channel just needs an even number of sticks).

    Both options have their advantages - going 2x2 gives you room to update the ram later (assuming you are running a 64bit OS), but 4x1 will be cheaper and correspondingly for the same amount of money you'll be able to get faster ram.

    The cheapest option would be to go with 4x1, then when you run out of ram (!) just sell two of them and get 2x2 which will then be cheap, giving you 6gb and staving off an upgrade for a while. By the time 6gb isn't enough you will be changing the rest of your system anyway.

    So, that'd be my first choice if I was buying today. If 2x2 didn't cost too much more then I'd consider it just because it would use less power than 4x1, but the difference isn't huge, whereas the premium for 2gb sticks wasn't insignificant last time I checked.

    Infact, do you actually need 4gb ram now? Cheapest still would be buy 2x1 and then plug in 2x2 later when the price comes down.
    Well I think I'll go with 4x1 as I've read different reviews of the motherboard and some say it has a max of 4GB and others say it has a max of 8GB. So im going with 4GB just to be on the safe side.


 

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