Speed or Quantity?

By bretty ยท 17 replies
Nov 7, 2002
  1. I was thinking about getting some DDR400. My motherboard supports it so I thought why not.

    OR I could buy another stick of 266. Do you guys think that the speed will be better, or the amount.

    1) 512MB DDR400
    2) 1024MB 266?

  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +455

    Depends on what you're gonna do with this machine. Gaming will probably see a slight benefit from the DDR400 - but I think it will be pretty small. Now 3D modeling or video or things along that line that gobble up RAM will like the extra mem it could use before swapping. Just a matter of needs.

  3. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Posts: 104

    DDR 400 at the moment is not fully developed. Thus, many DDR400 motherboards actually go slower than a good DDR333 board. As for now, I'd stick with 266 DDR - or upgrade to DDR333 later on.

    Or, you could dump the whole lot and go with 1066 Rambus stuff...providing that you're loaded. ;)
  4. bretty

    bretty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    I wouldnt ge the Rambus. I hear that Intel has dropped that stuff?

    I might get another stick of DDR266. That should help my 9700PRO
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    in the final analysis, it depends on what you do.

    do you run matlab experients (more RAM)

    or do you run games (faster RAM)
  6. bretty

    bretty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    I am only a gamer, and the occasional DVD watcher
  7. SleeperDC

    SleeperDC TS Rookie Posts: 184

    then you should go for DDR400
  8. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Why not get DDR 333 instead of DDR 266?
  9. bretty

    bretty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Yeah the 333 is not as expensive, and should increase the performance too.

    Although I was thinking if Im going to upgrade the RAM, I might as well upgrade to 400.
  10. Top_gun

    Top_gun TS Rookie Posts: 59

    For AMD, I would go DDR 333 than 400 since benchmarks show that the 333 in most tests beat the 400.

    For Intel, despite the fact that Intel is dropping support, the best ram is still RDRAM for the bandwidth hungry P4s
  11. bretty

    bretty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    Well I just bought
    512mb DDR RAM PC-2700 KINGMAX 333mhz CAS-2.5

    Is CAS 2.5 better than 3.0?
  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Does your motherboard support Athlon XPs with a 333fsb.
    If so then the 333DDR was a wise investment since boards that support 333 fsb can run synchronously with 333DDR providing a substantial performance upgrade. So if and when you upgrade to a 333 fsb Athlon you can run your system in this manner. Should be able to run 400DDR in this way as well but there is no point paying the extra money for no performance increase.

    CAS 2.5 is better than 3. The lower the CAS value the faster the ram will respond for data access by the CPU.
  13. bretty

    bretty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    ahh Arris?

    Did you see my sig.....No Althlon for me....and Im not buying RDRAM
  14. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 322

    LMAO while ROFL...:p

    Nice one...!!!:D
  15. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Half asleep today ;)
  16. franklinz

    franklinz TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Hey Bretty have you benchmarked your system?? Id like to compare results, ive got the same setup minus the mobo, and ram.
    p4 2.4
    512 pc2100
    rad 9700
    soundblaster audigy gamer
    How much of an improvment did you get with the ram??
  17. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Yeah yeah, the DDR333 is definitely the wiser choice, IMHO. The DDR400 I got was dirt-cheap (Ha! $70 for 256), and received positive reviews. Not much for overclocking, but I don't overclock, and it's very thermally efficient. These are the first sticks to have BGA DRAM on them, and I expect them to fully sink into the memory market shortly.
  18. bretty

    bretty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92


    Ill get the RAM in a coupla days. Ill do a Quake3 timedemo and 3dmark.
    Il post the results here as soon as I have them.
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