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Windows 7: Question about RAM timings

15 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Question about RAM timings

Hi,

I'm thinking of gettin a 2GB kit of RAM, but I am not sure whether it will work along with my current 1GB RAM installed, as I don't know whether the timings will match.

Could someone help me please?

This is the RAM I want, with 5-5-5-15 timings Kingston 2GB (1x2GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C5 667MHz Single Channel Memory Module [KVR667D2N5/2G] Memory DDR2 - PC2-5300

This is a screenshot of the timings for my current RAM, but I don't know which one to look at



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15 Aug 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Ram has to match perfectly, especially with frequency. Most buy all, at one time, and discard the old.
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15 Aug 2010   #3

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saroy94 View Post
Hi,

I'm thinking of gettin a 2GB kit of RAM, but I am not sure whether it will work along with my current 1GB RAM installed, as I don't know whether the timings will match.

Could someone help me please?

This is the RAM I want, with 5-5-5-15 timings Kingston 2GB (1x2GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C5 667MHz Single Channel Memory Module [KVR667D2N5/2G] Memory DDR2 - PC2-5300

This is a screenshot of the timings for my current RAM, but I don't know which one to look at
You're looking at the wrong page. Click the memory tab in cpu-z; that will give you the current kit's timings and voltage. The SPD tab, which we're looking at, only gives you other rated speeds and timings the RAM is capable of... given a certain voltage.
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15 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Alright, when I go back on my computer, I'll post another svreenshot.

@ richc46, i was advised to do that, but I want to keep it so I can have 3GB RAM, as I do have a budget
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15 Aug 2010   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

This why this is a great forum. You get the advice of many people and you make the choice. There is no right of wrong, you must do what is best for yourself. I do wish you good luck. Dont forget to tell us how things work out when you get the ram
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15 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Thanks maan

This is a screenshot of the memory tab:


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15 Aug 2010   #7

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saroy94 View Post
Thanks maan

This is a screenshot of the memory tab:
Ok, now one of your questions is answered: "whether the timings will match?"
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15 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

It looks like everything matches to me, but when it comes to RAM you never know for sure until you try it out. It might work perfectly, or it might not. Either way the jump from 1GB to 2 or 3 is well worth it in my opinion.
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15 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I agree with Rich. Best not to mix and match.

TBH, you may be better of getting that 2GB set, and installing it. But do away with the 1 you have now.

The reason I say this, youll be in dual channel mode which is more effecient than single.

I think, if you add the 3rd, it may well drop back to a single channel.

You also won't be mixing and matching

ALL the RAM will default to the slowest settings of the bunch.
(there many more sub timings besides the 4 main ones)

But, if the main 4 timings match, and the voltage is the same, it should work. I just wouldn't advise it as the possiblity of problems are higher.
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15 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Well I am definately goin to get that kit, so yeah i'll install them along with the 1GB installed already.

So apart from the kit being dual channel, they do match right?
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