Bought some new memory, but...

By Huis
Apr 11, 2006
  1. I got a question that I hope can be answered because I've got no clue.
    I bought a stick of 512 mb today to upgrade my current rig. The guy from the computershop told me it was okay if I mixed this new Transcend 512mb stick with the two 256mb kingston valueRAMs I already have. I got home, plugged the stick in one of my available slots and started up, no problem. It immediatly recognised the new ram, so I figured everything was alright. I played a couple of games, but the funny thing is I don't experience ANY difference from what I had before, boot-time included. A game like Oblivion, which really sucked the life out of my old memory, was still like that. Now I read the sticky thread in this forum about upgrading ram which said mixing brands and speeds is not a good idea, so perhaps this is the problem? I really don't know alot about computer hardware, but I do know there should be a difference.

    P4 3,0 Ghz
    2x256mb Kingston ValueRAM DDR400
    1x512mb Transcend DDR400
    ASUS P4P800 SE Mainboard
  2. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    What Video card are you running?
  3. Huis

    Huis TS Rookie Topic Starter

    A GeForce FX 5700LE
  4. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    That right there is most likly your problem. Recommend video card for running Oblivion is atleast a 6800GT. Now you are able to run it still but even with all the eye candy turned off and everything set to low it is most likely still going run like crap.
  5. Huis

    Huis TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It is, it is, but oblivion is not the point. Actually I got all my questions answered about that about 2 hours ago on the ElderScrolls forum :p
    The point is, I dont see a difference in anything, games, startup time etc. while I'm lead to believe I should
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    The guy at the computer shop, is talking out of his backside.

    You should never mix brands/sizes/speeds of ram.

    See HERE for troubleshooting ram.

    BTW. JImbo is correct about your card not being upto the job.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  7. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Where you are looking at for your performance increase your memory isn't what is giving you the biggest hit right now. The biggest bottle neck is still that card. Upgrade that and you will start seeing some differences.
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    like my sticky says, mixing memory may have weird results if it works. At best it will work fine, at worst, you could do damage.
  9. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    i have mixed samsung RAM with crucial RAM and have never experienced and issues

    AMD Sempron 3300
    768MB DDR3200 RAM(1x256 Samsung 1x512 crucial)
    100GB SATA
    Nvidia GEFORCE
    Windows XP Home
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I guess you didn't read my comment.
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