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Buying RAM questions, what to look for, what to avoid, etc?


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i was actually looking into buying 2 2gb sticks next weekend.. then i would have 5gb total.

 

 

 

i've been trying to find articles online however nothing seems to help.

 

 

 

the only thing i managed the find out is that 32bit windows systems only recongize 2^32 bytes which comes to just over 4 gig- minus 512mb for kernal i believe. so it seems that no matter how much ram you have in a 32bit system, you will never be able to utilize over 3.5gb

 

 

 

i'm not trying to hijack or anything.

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If you can get a memory stick with a heatsink for not so much more than one without it - go for it, but make sure you have space for nearby capacitors, connectors, cpu-cooler etc.

 

Low latency is what you want, the cpu will have to wait fewer ns on a CL5 memory than on a CL7. But then you also have to take in the speed of the memory. Example, on a Conroe platform, DDR2 800 CL5 is about 300mb/s slower than DDR2 1066 CL6. DDR2 800 CL3 is about 150mb/s slower than DDR2 1066 CL6 (Sandra 2007 synthetic benchmark).

 

 

 

At the same time, it depends on what CPU you got. I mean, it would be a waste putting PC2 8500 memories on a cpu that i have for example (E4500) as it wouldn't be able to use it, no matter how much i'd overclock it. But say a Q9650 - it wouldn't be a waste.

 

 

 

A few good brands: Corsair, OCZ, Kingston, Crucial, G.Skill, Mushkin.

 

Also, to utilize 4gb ram you'll need a 64-bit OS (the graphic card will reserve it's memory space first).

 

On a 32bit OS (Win) you could use PAE to utilize more than 3.5-ish, however, for that you need to use a server version instead.

 

 

 

I'm not really good at explaining ram, as i'm not really intrested in how it works (nor do i feel like reading up on it so i know every detail).

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I would get Kingston out of that list of good products. I've had a lot of trouble with anything I bought Kingston, so I guess I'm not buying anything from them anymore.

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I would get Kingston out of that list of good products. I've had a lot of trouble with anything I bought Kingston, so I guess I'm not buying anything from them anymore.

 

 

 

4 of the 6 modules i have here are Kingston, and they work wonderfully well.

 

As always, it's what you as a person has experienced. Could be that the batch which the store orderd was bad. Don't know if you've had problems with their support or something aswell.

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