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Memory :: 4x1Gb or 2x2Gb ??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Guest-23315, 29 Apr 2007.

  1. Guest-23315

    Guest-23315 Guest

    Just a quick question, for gerneral gaming and work performance, will 4x1Gb or 2x2Gb be better?

    Also, i'm after a little overclocking, basically getting a Q6600 over 3.00Ghz.

    I've so far looked at..::

    4Gb OCZ PC2-5400 C5

    Or, 2x 2x1Gb Crucial Ballistix 5400 C3

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    4x 1gb is better from my experience, and if you want some massive OC, nothing beats Flex or Dominator. (especially when you start upping voltages and get more heat)
     
  3. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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    the current 4GB dual-channel kits are pretty high latency and are unlikely to be great overclockers, so I'd go for 4x1GB at this moment in time. :)
     
  4. Guest-23315

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    Ok, thanks. Thats what I wanted to hear. Seeing as I can get 2Gb's now, and then upgrade to 4Gb later on!
     
  5. Zyphron

    Zyphron New Member

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    good to know i was wondering the same thing, because people always told me u wanted 2x1Gb over 4x512.
     
  6. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    it's all in the latencies, in some instances 4x 512 CAN be better than 2x 1gb; but with the lower latency 1gb sticks available now its usually not the case.
     
  7. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    That's because 512 modules can be bought with very low latencies, sometimes less than CAS2, so you're not gaining anything by using 4x 256 modules... and just using up slots for nothing.

    However, larger modules are usually higher latency, and 2Gb modules are quite high compared to 1Gb, so in that instance it often makes sense to go the 4x 1Gb route.
     
  8. Fozzy

    Fozzy New Member

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    Yes but if you ever decide you want 8gbs......I think you'll get the same performance with both but 4x1 takes up more slots. That being said I don't think you'll need more than 4gb's for at least a few years. 2gb's is prime right about now. But with vista using 60% of my ram right now (1gb) idleing.....i'd say 4 is going to be what you want
     
  9. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    This. Is. Good. RAM is there to be used!
     
  10. Guest-23315

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    I'm guessing that when upgrading from 1Gb of generic to 4Gb of overclockers RAM I should see a very nice speed upgrade?
     
  11. hughwi

    hughwi Well-Known Member

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    I was also wondering this, i understand the latency problem, but does the 680 or the 650 chipset have any problems with 4x1gb? i remember that using all 4 slots on AMD chips in the past means you usually have to revert to t2 rather than t1. im guessing this was due to the onboard memory controller, and that for a C2D chip, this is irrelevant?
     
  12. Highland3r

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    Speed wise probably not. The extra ram will give an overall better experience however.
     

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