Dual channel RAM configuration

By chirag_gada ยท 5 replies
Apr 8, 2008
  1. hi... someone just told me that dual channel of RAM configuration is better.... that is... rather than using 1GB x 1 DDR2 RAM, its better to use 512MB x 2 DDR2 RAM

    can someone pls help me understand this funda.... why is it so......??

    thanks in advance,

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This all depends on what hardware (motherboard) configuration you use. If you run 1 stick of memory, this cannot be a dual channel configuration. Dual means 2. It is also nice to have matched pairs of memory in Dual Channel. It doesn't matter if you use 2 512MB sticks or 2 1GB sticks, or even 2 2GB sticks in Dual Channel. Remember it's your motherboard that determins the best Dual Channel setup
  3. chirag_gada

    chirag_gada TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no... u dint understand my question... i was asking... in which case performance wud be better...??
    case 1: if 1 use 2 sticks of 512 MB DDR2 RAM


    case 2: if i use 1 stick of 1GB

    in both cases total ram will b 1 gb... but someone told me use 2 sticks of 512MB i.e. dual channel and performance wud improve...
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    2 sticks of matched (twin) 512mb will run faster in dual channel versus 1gb of standard memory. About 40% faster on average.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    One more time, on a dual channel motherboard:

    2 matched 512MB sticks, would out perform a single 1GB stick of memory
  6. chirag_gada

    chirag_gada TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh kool!!!
    so i'll use 2 512 sticks...

    n now.... can u do me 1 more favor..... pls explain y is it so...[:d]
    i mean... y dual channel config is better...??
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