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Vindicis
09-15-05, 04:38 PM
I currently have 2 GBs of generic PC2100 memory (2x512 & 1x1024 sticks) and would like to upgrade to PC3200. I can't afford 3 1GB sticks, best I can do is 3x512 PC 3200 of Corsair Value. Is it worth it to downgrade from 2GB of generic pc2100 RAM to 1.5GB PC3200 Corsair?

dandano
09-15-05, 05:05 PM
first, tell us about your computer: cpu, motherboard, etc... then we'll recommend.

evilghost
09-15-05, 05:09 PM
With PC3200 you may be able to take advantage of PAT, which from my understanding allows the MB to page both DIMMs simultaneously. I understand it to be like "DDR of DDR" where, 2x512 PC3200 is faster than a single 1x1024 PC3200 DIMM.

With that being said, if your motherboard supports PAT it may be advantageous to run 4x512MB or even 2x1024 (depending on price) to achieve 2GB of RAM.

I'm not sure what 4GB is going to do for you. With the 2GB of RAM you have now, if you're a Win32 user, have you disabled the Paging Executive so you're not using the PageFile at all? Win32 will still Page even with an abundant amount of memory (increasing Disk I/O) unless the Paging Executive is disabled.

Vindicis
09-15-05, 05:12 PM
Sorry about the lack of specs beforehand.

Shuttle A35/N Ultra (nforce2 Ultra 400 chipset)
Athlon XP 3000+ (Barton)
EVGA Geforce 6800

It's an old board but its stable and will suit me well for a bit longer.

jAkUp
09-15-05, 06:21 PM
Yes its definetely worth it. I believe your chip is a 333FSB cpu. Can you afford 2x1gb sticks? That way you can run dual channel.

Strahd
09-15-05, 06:28 PM
If you can afford it, this 2gb memory timing is 2-3-2-5, can go dual channel, does 1t command rate and is 240 dollars (after mail in rebate). Check it out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210

evilghost
09-15-05, 07:46 PM
If you can afford it, this 2gb memory timing is 2-3-2-5, can go dual channel, does 1t command rate and is 240 dollars (after mail in rebate). Check it out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210

Just as an FYI, there is nothing special about the "Dual Channel" marking, it's marked "Dual Channel" because it's two DIMMs in a single package. Any two similiar DIMMs in PC3200 are capable of running PAT/Dual Channel, these can be ordered separately. Personally, I prefer Crucial/Micron over OCZ as I've heard reports that some of their PC3200 is nothing more than overclocked PC2700.

I say this not in an effort to correct you, but rather ensure the original poster doesn't get confused and feel the need to lock-in on a "Dual Channel" only package which in some cases can tend to be more expensive.