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Questions about Dual Channel and Ram
« on: 18-December-04, 06:56:01 »

Hi guys,

I'm thinking to replace my ram. But I'm not into RAM so can you guys help me?

For board that supports dual-channel function

1) In order to achieve this feature, I must buy those twin package right?
Example - CORSAIR 1pair/2pcs 512MB (TwinX1024-3200XL) PC-3200/400MHz DDR SDRAM

2) If I used 2 sticks of the same module type but it's still useless right?
Example - CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB (PC-3200/CL2.5) 400MHz DDR SDRAM x 2
(I think it's useless but just want to confirm)

3) Let's say I bought the Corsair 1 pair/twin moudule but my board don't support dual channel function. Can they still run on my board? I believed should be able to but I'm just wasting $$$ right? (Sorry if my question sound stupid but just want to confirm)

4) Is Kingston Ram Good? I'm thinking to get this maybe x2 so please advise

KINGSTON HyperX 512MB (PC-3200/CAS-2) 400MHz DDR
-Code:KHX3200A/512 or KHX3200/512 -@2-2-2-6-1 (CAS Latency 2) -400MHz (PC3200)

Thank You and Cheers!  :biggthumbsup:
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« Reply #1 on: 18-December-04, 07:42:29 »
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  • there is no actual difference in the dimms

    its a marketing mans dream

    just their hype that they tested them together

    and under the heat spreaders they are a matched pair with same chips
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    « Reply #2 on: 18-December-04, 14:52:09 »
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  • If you notice in my sig, I'm running in dual channel. But, the ram was not purchased as a matched set. They are the same brand, speed, and type, and made in the same plant, USA. In fact, CPU-Z shows that they were manufactured 1 week apart--1 week 9/04, the other week 10/04. I even have a friend that states he has 2 different brands of ram running in dual channel--I think he was very lucky. Buying a matched pair is like buying insurance--your loading your dice to reduce the risk they don't work in dual channel.
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    « Reply #3 on: 18-December-04, 22:29:35 »
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  • Matched pair extra few £ or $'s

    Check all the brand name mem...........

    See which is best for your budget

    Look a warranty........ (Corsair offer LIFETIME, as long as you keep receipt)

    The extra 0.5 does make a big difference........ (2.0 as to 2.5)

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    « Reply #4 on: 19-December-04, 05:09:17 »

    Thanks for posting appreciated  :biggthumbsup:

    Frankenputer, you said your friend runs on different type of ram on dual channel but is he getting dual bandwidth?

    Del UK, you said extra 0.5 makes a BIG difference...

    Ok guys which is better, faster for system performance? More Ram or faster speed?

    Example

    1) 1Gb of KINGSTON (PC-3200/CL3) 400MHz DDR SDRAM or
    2) 512mb of KINGSTON HyperX (PC-3200/CAS-2) 400MHz DDR @2-2-2-6-1?


    Pricing of DDR RAM
    512mb of KINGSTON (PC-3200/CL3) 400MHz DDR SDRAM cost $115
    512mb of KINGSTON (PC-3200/CL2.5) 400MHz DDR SDRAM cost $148
    512mb of KINGSTON HyperX (PC-3200/CAS-2) 400MHz DDR cost $200


    I can get 1Gb of CL3 at $230 while 512mb of Cas2 already at $200. Is it worth the extra $ to get HyperX and CAS2?

    Thanks again  :biggthumbsup:
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    « Reply #5 on: 19-December-04, 05:15:05 »

    I think Kingston also provides lifetime warranty for their Ram. You all might be wondering why such a big fuss over the ram as I got budget limit after replacing the new processor/board about 2 weeks back haha

    I just don't want to rush into it and buy something now and regret later so I think it's better to ask around, confirm the specs and quality and most importantly make my $$$ worth  :biggthumbsup:

    Thanks again!  8-))
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    « Reply #6 on: 19-December-04, 05:15:51 »
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  • they might work if different,then again they might not

    but thats a lottery

    that many loose

    but if they work together then it will be as dual channel

    Ok guys which is better, faster for system performance? More Ram or faster speed?

    more ram
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