2 gigs in dual channel or 3 gigs non dual channel?

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  1. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    I just bought 2x1GB sticks of 184 pin PQI turbo RAM. I am currently using 2x512 sticks of coursair value RAM. Would I get better performance just putting the PQI in or putting both the PQI and Coursair in altogether? My mobo supports up to 4 sticks of RAM.

    What would you reccomend? :dunno:
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If it was the same brand of memory, you could just put 1.5 gigs in each channel and still have dual channel. I'm not sure if dual channel will
    still work with different memory mixed in there since you'll most likely have different timings between the two types.

    That being said, there is a small performance loss going from 2gb to 3gb.

    If you want to see how it shakes down, check out this review.
    On page 6 of the review, they show the performance of each level of memory from 512mb to 3gb. You can see that there is a slight performance drop with extra memory.
    In XP, even with heavy gaming you don't need more than 2gb, so
    I would just put the 2 x 1gb in there and leave it at that.

    http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_con...37606ED42FD611C458D4BFC28E23F377994A018FC68B9
     
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    2 x 1GB DDR sounds better
     
  4. Wolf68k

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    Same brand + same timing = shouldn't be a problem
    2 different brands + same timing = should be ok but don't quote me
    2 different brands or same brand + 2 different timing = basically no problem but the sticks themselves will have conflicts

    Stick with the 2x1GB and if you need more go the same thing when you can.
     
  5. PC Principle

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    Cool I guess ill stick with the 2GB then and hold onto the other gig for a possable new PC i'll be building out of spare parts lying around. I hope PQI Turbo works with my chaintech VNF4/ultra mobo. :hs:
     
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    Cool got the memory in today and 2GB dual channel is pretty damn fast. :eek5:
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    2GB dual channel is a good plan in XP. :cool:
     
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    I like being able to minimize CS:S and browse the internet in seconds. It used to take a loooong time to do before.
     

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