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Confused about RAM

By matrix86
Mar 9, 2009
  1. Ok, so i'm looking to update the RAM for my computer. I'm having a problem deciding on the RAM I should get as I have no idea the difference between the 2 i'm looking at.

    Option A:
    Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    Brand Kingston
    Series ValueRAM
    Model KVR400AK2/2GR
    Type 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
    Tech Spec
    Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
    Speed DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    Cas Latency 3
    Timing 3-3-3
    Voltage 2.6V
    Heat Spreader No
    =============================
    Option B:
    Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory

    Brand Kingston
    Series ValueRAM
    Model KVR400X64C3AK2/2G
    Type 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
    Tech Spec
    Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
    Speed DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    Cas Latency 3
    Voltage 2.6V

    What is the difference between these 2? One says "Dual Channel Desktop" and the other just "System Memory." The later costs about $10 extra. Keep in mind that all I really do on my Dell Dimension 3000 is audio recording (making my own cd's using multitracking). So in knowing that I run recording software along with music notation software, which of these two would be better for what I do? I'm just not sure of the difference. Thanks!
     
  2. ThaUnknown

    ThaUnknown TS Rookie Posts: 62

    There really isnt too much of a difference but i would go for the first one, since its cheaper and you mabey are on a budget, but you will love the upgrade. Enjoy.
     
  3. wildman6801

    wildman6801 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    Their is no difference between the two; just the description - the first one is indicating this is a kit or more than one stick of memory and it is for a desktop; the second one is saying the same thing; the dual channel is indicating that if your motherboard supports dual channel memory; it will run in dual-channel mode.

    According to wikipedia, Dual-channel architecture is a technology implemented on motherboards by the motherboard manufacturer and does not apply to memory modules. Theoretically any matched pair of memory modules may be used in either single- or dual-channel operation, provided the motherboard supports this architecture. Here is a wikipedia article about dual channel memory - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-channel_architecture .
     
  4. Tedster

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

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