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Old 04-10-2005, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Memory - more or faster?

I recently bought a 512mb DDR400 off a friend and am throwing up whether to have a total of 768mb DDR333 or 1024mb DDR266. I use my computer mainly for programming, web browsing/downloading & games.


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i originally had 2x256mb DDR266 and DDR400 (512mb DDR266 total)

The DDR400 will only clock at 333 when in the PC and i'm aware of that, so the question is;

768mb DDR333 or 1024mb DDR266?

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Old 04-10-2005, 06:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try both and benchmark

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Old 04-10-2005, 07:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Any suggestions of benchmarking programs to use? I could use 3D Mark etc. but i was thinking more along the lines of a memory program?
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Old 04-10-2005, 08:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you sure you cant force it to run at actual speeds. I know my DFI board lowers memery speeds and timing when you put in normal sticks, but can be easily set to actual specs.

I would think one gig would be better, but benchmark it. I think Sandra has a memroy benchmark.
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Memory benchmarks measure bandwidth, and the PC2700 would easily win
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Old 04-10-2005, 11:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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you wont use the full 1024mb so it would be better to have less but faster. get a program thatll measure how much of your ram your using and put the 768mb in and see how much is free, if there is like 50mb free, (which there shouldnt be) youd do better putting the 1024 in but if there is more than that the 768mb should do fine
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Use PCMark04 because it gives perfoemance of your computer, not 3D performance which 3DMark would do.
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Old 04-10-2005, 11:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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To fnd out how much ram is free,

I think you will be better off with the faster ram, but to be sure do a test.


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