DDR SDRAM - 1 DIMM vs. 2 DIMMs

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  1. jeeteeare

    jeeteeare New Member

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    Are 2 DIMMs required to take full advantage of the performance of DDR SDRAM? Ex. 1 512Mb DIMM vs. 2 256Mb DIMMs......is there a noticable difference in performance?
     
  2. DDR works independent from Dual Channel, which is something you may be referring to. In that scenario, you'll need 2 sticks of equal size, and a certified nForce2 motherboard.

    If you don't have an nForce motherboard, get the 512MB stick; this leaves you with the possibility of expanding to greater capacity in the future. All in all, dualchannel notwithstanding, you won't notice a difference between 2 sticks or 1 stick of equal size.
     
  3. spankaveli

    spankaveli OT Supporter

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    youre thinking of dual channel. with dual channel it would be better to have 2 256mb sticks than 1 512mb but if youre not using dual channel board and dual channel memory then it's not worth it to get 2 sticks.
     
  4. Stev

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    go with the bigger size for expansion reasons, 512mb is starting to become the baseline standard, and if u are using up all or all but 1 slots with only 512 your hindering ur upgradeabilty and will cost u more later. I say just get a single 512mb.
     
  5. lordbean

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    dual channel works on all kinds of stuff other than nForce mainboards. Pretty much every single 865/875 intel mainboard has dual channel. AMD is only just getting into it.
     

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