1gb or 1.5gb RAM?
- From: Howie <nothere@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 09:24:08 -0500
I have an XP Pro system with the A7N8X Deluxe board with a Barton
2500+ (not overclocked) running at its default speed (166 x 11). I
currently have two sticks of PC3200 256mb RAM (CAS 3) in slots 1 & 2
and a 512mb stick of PC3200 RAM (CAS 2.5) in slot 3. I have been led
to believe a congruent amount of like memory in slots 1+2 and 3 (the
combination of what is 1 and 2 should equal what is in 3) will allow
dual channel performance.
My dilemma is whether to add another 512mb RAM to the system. I am
finding I need to add memory in order to accommodate a variety of
memory-intensive applications which I run simultaneously and have open
for long stretches at a time. The system becomes somewhat sluggish as
the RAM ceiling is met and exceeded. There are some good deals on
PC3200 RAM at the moment and purchasing a couple sticks of 512mb would
allow the size upgrade desired. The tradeoff, I believe, is I would
lose dual channel performance as the congruency size-wise would be
lost (1024 and 512).
So, is the dropoff in performance from losing this dual channel
capability a greater factor than the benefit that would be derived by
adding 512mb of RAM to address the aforementioned conditions?
Thanks for your insight,
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