Simple RAM question

By towhatben · 4 replies
Jun 22, 2008
  1. I currently have 1 x 1 GB of Kingston DDR2 533MHz/PC2-4200 Non-ECC CL4 1.8V Unbuffered Dimm 240 pin Ram.

    I'm looking at buying some more. My options are as follows:
    1) Buy another stick of the same for £15

    2) Buy a Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 675MHz/PC2-5400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4(4-4-4-12) for £30

    3) Buy 2 more of the kingston sticks so run 3 x 1GB.

    Which of these options is best for the price? I.E would spending £15 more for the faster corsair give an increase in performance equivalent to spending twice the amount?

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Does your motherboard support Dual-Channel memory? If you have 3 memory sockets, it won't support dual channel so go with the 3 Kingston 533's
  3. towhatben

    towhatben TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Apparently it does support dual channel. I have 4 slots, 2 x2 apparently.

    Is going for 3 sticks in that case a no no?
    Cheers for the help
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    If it is indeed a dual channel motherboard going with the 2GB Corsair "matched pair" would give you better performance overall
  5. towhatben

    towhatben TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Excellent, cheers mate
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