Optimum RAM speed for my processor?

By rajevcharudutta
Apr 10, 2010
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  1. :confused: I have a PC-IV which is 2.4 GHz with 1 GB RAM. I have XP-SP2 as OS.

    What is the optimum RAM that I can install for this processor speed to get the best performance. How does one determine the optimum RAM for a given processor (CPU) speed?
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,572   +862

    The short answer is that "one doesn't"` The RAM that you can use is determined by the motherboard, not the CPU. I guessing what CPU you have is a "Pentium 4 @2.4Ghz".
    The amount of RAM that would be usable is also determined by the OS. 32 bit XP will allow you to use a maximum of about 3.25 GB.

    In most cases about all that's necessary with XP is 2GB. That's about optimum.The maximum allowable installed RAM is also determined by the motherboard. This can be as low as 1GB, so you must provide the mobo info in addition to your CPU.
  3. kjSean

    kjSean Newcomer, in training

    The motherboard tells you to do that. They all have maximum RAMs. I am guessing anywhere around 3-4GB.
  4. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 57

    :)Thanks for the replies. I managed to get some info about my computer using Everest Benchmarking software. Couldn't understand most of it. I would be grateful if you could please tell me what would be the max RAM for this motherboard.

    Also I would like to know if there is a slot for a Gaming Card. One vendor told me there isn't and that I should throw away my motherboard. I just play one game: Need For Speed (right now UG2). Could you please suggest a suitable intermediate gaming card if my PC supports it? Latest are very expensive.

    THE REPORT
    Version EVEREST v2.20.405
    Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
    Report Type Report Wizard
    Computer INTEL (MELODY)
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
    Date 2010-04-12
    Time 09:45


    Summary

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Computer:
    Computer Name INTEL (MELODY)
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    User Name Rajev

    Motherboard:
    BIOS Type AMI (10/25/02)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2400 MHz (18 x 133)
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale-G i845GV
    Motherboard Name Intel Ashland 2 D845GVAD2 (4 PCI, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video)
    System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)

    Display:
    3D Accelerator Intel Extreme Graphics
    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (HMELA34262)
    Video Adapter Intel(R) 82845G Graphics Controller (64 MB)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter ESS Technology ES1938/ES1941/ES1946 Solo-1(E) AudioDrive
    Audio Adapter Intel 82801DB ICH4 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-1]

    Storage:
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
    Disk Drive ST3160215A (149 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive SONY DVD RW DW-Q120A
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 76308 MB (64565 MB free)
    D: (FAT32) 76297 MB (55619 MB free)
    Total Size 149.0 GB (117.4 GB free)

    [ BIOS ]

    BIOS Properties:
    Vendor Intel Corp.
    Version LY84510A.86A.0023.P09.0210250046
    Release Date 10/25/2002
    Size 512 KB
    Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
    Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD, BBS
    Supported Standards DMI, ACPI, PnP
    Expansion Capabilities PCI, AGP, USB

    [ System ]

    System Properties:
    Universal Unique ID 4C4D7464-504C11D7-AF340030-D3000ED1
    Wake-Up Type Power Switch

    [ Motherboard ]

    Motherboard Properties:
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Product D845GVAD2
    Version AAC18931-103
    Serial Number ABAD31033923

    [ Chassis ]

    Chassis Properties:
    Boot-Up State Safe
    Power Supply State Safe

    [ Memory Controller ]

    Memory Controller Properties:
    Error Detection Method 64-bit ECC
    Supported Memory Interleave 1-Way
    Current Memory Interleave 1-Way
    Supported Memory Types SPM, FPM, EDO, Parity, ECC, SIMM, DIMM, BEDO, SDRAM
    Supported Memory Voltages 3.3V
    Maximum Memory Module Size 1024 MB
    Memory Slots 2

    [ Processors / Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor ]

    Processor Properties:
    Manufacturer Intel
    Version Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor
    Serial Number To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    Asset Tag To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    Part Number To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    External Clock 133 MHz
    Maximum Clock 3060 MHz
    Current Clock 2400 MHz
    Type Central Processor
    Voltage 3.3 V, 2.9 V
    Status Enabled
    Socket Designation X1

    [ Caches / None ]

    Cache Properties:
    Type Internal
    Status Enabled
    Operational Mode Varies with Memory Address
    Associativity 4-way Set-Associative
    Maximum Size 8 KB
    Installed Size 8 KB
    Supported SRAM Type Pipeline Burst
    Current SRAM Type Pipeline Burst
    Error Correction Single-bit ECC
    Socket Designation None

    [ Caches / None ]

    Cache Properties:
    Type Internal
    Status Enabled
    Operational Mode Varies with Memory Address
    Maximum Size 512 KB
    Installed Size 512 KB
    Supported SRAM Type Pipeline Burst
    Current SRAM Type Pipeline Burst
    Error Correction Single-bit ECC
    Socket Designation None

    [ Memory Modules / DIMM1 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Socket Designation DIMM1
    Type DIMM
    Installed Size 512 MB
    Enabled Size 512 MB

    [ Memory Modules / DIMM2 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Socket Designation DIMM2
    Type DIMM
    Installed Size 512 MB
    Enabled Size 512 MB

    [ Memory Devices / J6G1 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
    Form Factor DIMM
    Type Detail Synchronous
    Size 512 MB
    Speed 266 MHz
    Total Width 64-bit
    Data Width 72-bit
    Device Locator J6G1
    Bank Locator DIMM0
    Manufacturer Manufacturer1
    Serial Number SerNum1
    Asset Tag AssetTagNum1
    Part Number PartNum1

    [ Memory Devices / J6G2 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
    Form Factor DIMM
    Type Detail Synchronous
    Size 512 MB
    Speed 266 MHz
    Total Width 64-bit
    Data Width 72-bit
    Device Locator J6G2
    Bank Locator DIMM1
    Manufacturer Manufacturer2
    Serial Number SerNum2
    Asset Tag AssetTagNum2
    Part Number PartNum2

    [ System Slots / J7B2 ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation J7B2
    Type PCI
    Usage Empty
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    [ System Slots / J7B1 ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation J7B1
    Type PCI
    Usage In Use
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    [ System Slots / J8B1 ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation J8B1
    Type PCI
    Usage Empty
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    [ System Slots / J9B1 ]

    System Slot Properties:
    Slot Designation J9B1
    Type PCI
    Usage In Use
    Data Bus Width 32-bit
    Length Long

    CPU Properties:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4
    CPU Alias Northwood, A80532
    CPU Stepping C1
    Engineering Sample No
    CPUID CPU Name Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
    CPUID Revision 00000F27h

    CPU Speed:
    CPU Clock 2400.02 MHz (original: 2400 MHz)
    CPU Multiplier 18.0x
    CPU FSB 133.33 MHz (original: 133 MHz)
    Memory Bus 133.33 MHz

    CPU Cache:
    L1 Trace Cache 12K Instructions
    L1 Data Cache 8 KB
    L2 Cache 512 KB (On-Die, ECC, ATC, Full-Speed)

    Motherboard Properties:
    Motherboard ID 63-0100-000001-00101111-102502-iBRKDL_G$LY84510A_BIOS DATE: 10/25/02 00:46:45 VER: 08.00.05
    Motherboard Name Intel Ashland 2 D845GVAD2 (4 PCI, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video)

    Chipset Properties:
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale-G i845GV
    Memory Timings 2-2-2-6 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    SPD Memory Modules:
    DIMM1: DDR400--512M 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-2-2-6 @ 133 MHz)
    DIMM2: DDR400--512M 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-2-2-6 @ 133 MHz)

    BIOS Properties:
    System BIOS Date 10/25/02
    Video BIOS Date 07/23/20
    DMI BIOS Version LY84510A.86A.0023.P09.0210250046

    Graphics Processor Properties:
    Video Adapter Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller
    GPU Code Name Brookdale-G (Integrated 8086 / 2562, Rev 01)
    GPU Clock 200 MHz

    I hope the information is sufficient.:confused:
  5. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 57

    I would be pleased if you could tell me how to determine the maximum RAM as I would like to upgrade the RAM of my laptop and office PC as well.
  6. Alexexex

    Alexexex TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 124

    As CaptainCranky stated, the maximum amount of RAM a 32 bit operating system can read is 3.25GB. Secondly, you have to check your Motherboard for open RAM slots, usually you'll have one or two. Also, make sure the RAM is compatible. Go to www.crucial.com and check up your system.
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,041   +72

    As far as I remember that motherboard supported 2GB of RAM (i.e. maximum). So I hope that answers your question. I haven't been able to find any links about this board's specs, so I'll be glad if someone can improve on that. Regards
  8. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 57

    Thank you everyone for your help.
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    for a 32 bit operating system, the max ram you can install is 4gb. The system can only access up to around 3.25 gb. if you go 64 bit, the limit is substantially more up to around 192gb for win 7 pro.
  10. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 57

    LOL! Thank you smart feller
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