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Old 05-06-2005, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SDRAM - 512MBx1 stick or 256MBx2 sticks better?

Hi all,

I have this question and I hope you all can give me your opinions.

For a Pentium 3 pc, since the mobo does not support dual channel, does it really matter whether the memory is made up of 1 stick of 512MB or 2 sticks of 256MB SDRAM?

Will there actually be any noticeable speed difference or it does not matter at all?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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personally i would go 2x256 because its almost like raid 0. information can be written to each stick of ram at the same time so its faster but u wont see that much of a difference.
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Old 05-06-2005, 01:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dual channel advantages if you go 2x256; but your upgradablility goes down.
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not true.

no such thing as dual channel for his comp

go with 1x512mb so you can upgrade later (leaves more space for ram)
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You won't need any more than 512 for that system, so I would go with what ever is cheaper, propbally the 2x256 will be.
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Yeah i wouldn't think there would be any noticible difference maybe the 512mb stick might of ran a little bit faster but not anough to notice
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Thanks folks for all the feedback.

Currently I have 384MB of RAM (128MB x1 + 256MB x1). After considering you people's feedback I think I'll just upgrade to 512MB (i.e. 2 sticks of 256MB) since I believe it's both pointless and unnecessary to have 1GB of RAM in a P3 pc. (Correct?)

Later, I'll just upgrade to a completely new system - most probably a AMD Athlon64-based one or better still a Dual-Core one (Hope I can afford it!).

Thanks again!
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Pff 384 is really enough for that PC, with the current prices of SD-RAM their is no point in upgrading, just a waste of money
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Pff 384 is really enough for that PC, with the current prices of SD-RAM their is no point in upgrading, just a waste of money
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Just save for the new system. i have 256mb in a p3 1Ghz running xp and its alright!
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