mixing memory?

By twite
Feb 17, 2006
  1. i recently ordered a gig(2x512) of pc 3200 memory from circuitcity. i got it in the mail and the package said pc2700 memory. can i mix this pc 2700 with the gig of pc3200 i already have??
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Why don't you return it. If you got the wrong memory, take it back and get PC3200. You can try overclocking your PC2700 to 200Mhz or you can set the bus speed divider for your memory so that all the ram is running at PC2700.
  3. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 937

    circuit city is a hour drive so im trying to find the best solution..without having to wait another month to get it back through mail...the other pc 3200 runs at would i overclock or set bus speed divider?--thanks
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    If your motherboard has the option it would be in the BIOS. If there's no option, the machine may just default to running all the RAM as PC2700 or it may just overclock the ram based on the bus speed the system is running at.
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    If you stick that 333Mhz ram in there, it will force your system to underclock all your ram down to match that stick at 333Mhz. Send it back and get the 400Mhz stick you ordered.
  6. Exscind

    Exscind TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Definitely return it and get the right one. Even if the drive is an hour away, you paid for the 3200, not the 2700 (the 3200 is generally more expensive). And like DonNagual said, when you stick 333MHz RAM in with 400MHz, your system automatically runs with the slowest of the two, which would means your 400MHz (pc3200) RAM will run at 333MHz.
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