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Offline bentalphanerd  
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2005 9:57:41 AM(UTC)
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i'm in a quandary - im tryin to work out a new comp for myself - i like the idea of a gig of ram - whats better, matched pair of 512 or single 1 gb stick?

rest of comp is like this:-

Mainboard - Asus A8V-E Deluxe MB SATA/1394/PCI-E/DDR (939)

http://www.pcshopper.com.au/product.php?productid=42785&cat=425&page=1


Video Card - Radeon X600 PRO 256 MB PCI-E w/ DVI

http://www.pcshopper.com.au/product.php?productid=43577&cat=409&page=1


CPU - AMD Athlon64 (Venice) 3000+ (939) CPU Retail Box w/Fan

300 GB Seagate HDD
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#2 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:14:51 AM(UTC)
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get the 2x512 in dual channel
Offline bentalphanerd  
#3 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:29:51 AM(UTC)
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dumber question - whats the diff?
Offline Jordan  
#4 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:35:16 AM(UTC)
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Dual-channel is supported on that Asus board and it means both sticks of RAM are read at the same time. This means the board will read both 512MB sticks in essentially half the time it would take to read the 1GB stick. This is only when actually reading the RAM though and this takes milliseconds but it does make a worthwhile difference.

Go for 2x512MB unless youy plan on upgrading to 2GB anythime soon (in which case you'd want 2x1GB stick).
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#5 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:39:52 AM(UTC)
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article on ram

read up good info
Offline bentalphanerd  
#6 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:57:10 AM(UTC)
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ty nelsoncp21 - just the answer i wanted to hear - i owe u 1 mate
Offline Siphon  
#7 Posted : Monday, July 18, 2005 11:33:47 AM(UTC)
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do you have to configure dual channel? like put the ram in the right slots or do something in bios? or do you just put the ram in the slots and if the mobo supports dual channel, you have it?

if it helps with my question, i have the MSI Neo4 Mobo (not platinum)
Offline xtremeskier97  
#8 Posted : Monday, July 18, 2005 11:38:43 AM(UTC)
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Just put them in the slots specified in the manual of the mainboard. No configuring of the bios is required.
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