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Kurva100

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3x256 ram dual channel ok ?
« on: 12-March-03, 22:21:31 »

hi agian,,,
                  Can I run dual channel memory mode with 3x 256Mb (2100) or does it only work with 2 banks "DUAL" ????

And if I cant run D/C mode will my pc be better with 2x256 D/C Mode or with 3x256 normal ...

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« Reply #1 on: 13-March-03, 16:05:21 »

TwinBank Memory Architecture is utilized as soon as 2 DIMM slots are populated.  Adding a third stick of RAM to the second channel is fine, because that channel still consists of a DIMM, or in this case 2 DIMMS, so both channels will be in use.  I am currently using 3 identical 256MB sticks of Crucial DDR 2100 DIMMS, and there is no performance loss compared to using only 2 sticks, and no indication that TwinBank has been disbaled.  The only thing you will notice is increased system efficiency, significantly lower pings in online games, and in some cases smoother video performance in memory intensive 3D applications.  All a big + if you ask me =]

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« Reply #2 on: 13-March-03, 22:03:23 »

Cheers m8 ive ordered another strip of 256 , should be with me in a few days  :)...
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« Reply #3 on: 13-March-03, 22:53:02 »

I don't see a message on boot up that it is indeed enabled or disabled. Is there a way to find out?

Also, what if I have 2 identical rams and 1 different ram installed (ie 1 pc 512 mb and 2 pcs 256 mb), will twinbank still work?
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« Reply #4 on: 14-March-03, 02:10:06 »

verk,

The way you can tell is by running a memory Benchmark. That is where you will tell that you are running in Twinbank.

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« Reply #5 on: 14-March-03, 02:21:45 »

I just got off the phone with MSI and I was told that 3 sticks will disable twin bank.  The tech even asked his manager.  This is not what I thought was true but is what I have been reading in this forum lately, so I'm still a little unsure.
They also said that twinbank does not give a big performance boost on Nforce1.  So now I'm wondering if I would be better off with 768 without twinbank or 512 with twinbank.
I'm also wondering if I can mix my Crucial pc2100 sticks with a  Crucial 2700 stick (Crucial claims they have fixed the incompatability problem and the 2700 is back on the nforce recommended list.  Both Crucial and MSI techs said it should be fine as the 2700 will just drop back to 2100 , but now I no longer believe anyone.
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« Reply #6 on: 14-March-03, 02:24:30 »

Marshall,

Above 256Mb of RAM you start slowing your system down. When you get to 512Mb you can disable in the Registry Paging to Disk and gain Speed back. But unless you are running huge Grahics or Audio Editing Programs, stick to 2 sticks of 256Mb DDR.  That is your best bet.

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