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to Dual Channel or Not to Dual Channel

By lordxanthrax
Jul 21, 2005
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  1. Ok, I bought another 512 stick of Corsair PC3200, and I'm wondering if it would be better performance wise to use two 512mb PC3200 sticks in Dual Channel mode, or if I should stick in my extra 256mb PC2100 stick for a total of 1.25GB without the benefit of dual channel. Any takers?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    IMHO I would go the dual channel route, and ditch the 256mb stick.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. lordxanthrax

    lordxanthrax TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    alright, just wanted another opinion. I was also figuring that, but i've had people tell me that with battlefield 2 "more ram>faster ram"
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    The thing is, that if you use the 256mb stick, you will actually be slowing your computer down.

    That`s because the 256mb stick is pc2100, and would cause your 512mb sticks of pc3200 to run at pc2100.

    Whenever you mix ram speeds, the faster ram will be clocked to the lower ram speed.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
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