Originally posted by Trifid
I had the same trade off, 1GB of DDR400 or 1.5GB of DDR333. I chose the 333 due to windows feeling a lot 'free-er' when loading applications and the difference when minimising games was huge.
Yes, that's because of a reduced virtual memory usage. The difference in performance between DDR333 and DDR400 is small, anyway. I'd chose the 1.5GB as well.
, instead of going directly into overclocking, you could first try both configurations and compare their feel, or even run some benchmarks to have an objective comparison.
If you still want to overclock, keep in mind it won't make that much of a difference. One must do it only for the geek value
. I just don't want you to go through all the hassle of overclocking and testing, and then be disappointed because the performance is similar.
The easiest way to overclock your RAM is to change its speed directly through the BIOS. I downloaded the manual from Asus' product page
. All you have to do is go to the BIOS, then to the Advanced Menu, and change Memory Frequency to 400. This should force the memory to run at 400Mhz. Save and reboot.
Now, It's not guaranteed the 333Mhz memory will overclock to 400Mhz. If you can't boot with that setting, you'll have to reset the BIOS (which may be a bit complicated if you're never done it before). If that happens, then we could try some FSB overclocking, which would overclock both your RAM and CPU.