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has anyone had experices with mixing and matchign different RAMS???

By meNOname
Dec 18, 2005
  1. really need some RAM but i want more than 512 mb...and i wanted to just add it with my stock RAM...

    has anyone had exeperiences mixing RAM?
    does it slow things down?
    make things worse? :eek:
    or is it just marketing BS?

    ive heard all of these

    thanks,
     
  2. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

    For dual chanel you need atleast matching sizes. You system can only work as fast as the worst RAM, and that's if it works at all. Compatibilty is not certain. It is best to get all the same if you can. If you have four slots full stabily can go down, too.

    All this depands alot on your systems specs. I have had two matched 512mb, with two match 256mb with the same timings together once in dual chanel on my Asus P5P800. It worked fine at stock speed.
     
  3. Flipi

    Flipi TS Rookie

    For dual chanell it is a must to have the same memory chips and better same timings, for single chanell it's best to be alike not to have problems.
     
  4. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    so how do i tell if i have dual channel, ive got 2 ram slots...dunno if its dual channel..but 2 slots..thats prolly what that means right?

    i have a demension 2400...if that helps at all
     
  5. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

  6. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    iove done that and have narrowed it down to the RAM i want
    its compatible
    maybe ill just slap the new 512 stick in there with the stock 256

    whats the worst that can happen??
    :)
     
  7. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

    I bet it works fine. If it was a dual chanel board it should have two in it now.
     
  8. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    only one stick in it now..so its not dual channel..
    gunna order now
    ok thanks for the help everyone
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    The reason you hear all these things is because all can happen. A few years ago mixing ram brands worked fine a lot more frequently than it does now with all the super high speed stuff.
     
  10. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    everypost that comes up helps me
    even if its a couple days late
    thanks..my stick will be here in a few days...im thinking bout mixing it first to see what happens?

    if it explodes i wont be seeing much of techspot for help anymore....:(

    i really dont have alot of "high speed" stuff....o well...ill see what happens
    feel free to still post your experiences..
    thanks
     
  11. Flipi

    Flipi TS Rookie

    The worst thing that can happen is for the computer not to boot into windows or get a lot of BSOD. By no means you can not be injured by this "experiment". Anyway good luck with your ram.
    PS: The last of this kind of try I did with a Via Kt 266a wich is a single chanell chipset and it works ok even today.
     
  12. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    and i reward the helpful peoplel here with another thank ya
     
  13. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    i can now reply with my own experience
    i got a stick of 512 mb RAM from newegg.com
    yeah newegg.com, if ya ever need anything i recommend that
    ordered normal shiping and it got here in 2 days... :approve:

    back to the subject, no problems yet, comp runs fine, and is quicker and alot better than it was before
    :cool:
     
  14. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

    We all love the EGG.

    Glad to hear all is well. :)
     
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