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dual channel ddr 2 memory question


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You'll need 2/4 identical sticks of DDR[2], at best you might gain 5-10% all-in-all. If you have 2 sticks, make sure there in the same color slots on your mobo. CPU-Z will tell you if you have it right.

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As a spinoff (and purely from a theoretical point of view), which is likely to give the better performance: 2 * 1GB or 4 * 512MB?  I realise that the individual sticks must be identical in respect of speed, capacity etc. but don't know if one configuration will give a better performance than the other.

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As a spinoff (and purely from a theoretical point of view), which is likely to give the better performance: 2 * 1GB or 4 * 512MB?  I realise that the individual sticks must be identical in respect of speed, capacity etc. but don't know if one configuration will give a better performance than the other.

Definately go with the 2 * 1gb sticks. In regards to the 4* 512mb, basically less chips less problems you'll run into, if any.

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Good points about 2 * 1GB vs 4 * 512MB.  Whenever I've repaired PCs or built them (for others' specifications) , I've almost invariably seen the former, rather than the latter.  I wondered if there was any performance benefit, rather than avoiding anything becoming faulty.

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