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Windows 7: Ram upgrade


10 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Ram upgrade

So, I have 2gb Corsair dual channel ram (2x1gb) in my first two DDR2 slots...

If I upgrade and add 4 gb Corsair dual channel (2x2gb) to the other two slots, will the system run at maximum performance?


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10 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

if you have 4 DDR2 DIMM slots, you would probably be at max performance at 8 GB of RAM. That is most likely the max your motherboard can support. the difference between 6GB and 8GB is fairly minimal though unless you're doing heavy multitasking. Make sure to check the specs of your mobo to see how much it can support.
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10 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So you're saying that if I mix 2GB Dual channel RAM with 4GB Dual channel RAM it should reflect 6GB of ram with no problems and I should be able to run at full capacity?
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10 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

make sure that all RAM has the same timings and frequency. if everything matches up, size of RAM will not matter. everything should be fine.
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10 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I believe that the ram i have is 2GB (2x1gb) 800 DDR2...how do I verify this again, I forgot...
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10 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alienn4hire View Post
I believe that the ram i have is 2GB (2x1gb) 800 DDR2...how do I verify this again, I forgot...
you can use CPU-Z(CPUID) or PassMark RAMMon - Identify RAM type, speed & memory timings
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10 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

More is not always better.

6-8GB of RAM or more will not really help performance for the most part.
In fact, its really only helpful if you use applications that can make use of it.
But those applications need to be 64bit as well, to overcome the 32bit 2GB limitation.

Only you know if you fall into this category.



Generally, 4GB is plenty.


I would go with a matching kit though, and just do away with the cuurent. Like a 2x2GB kit.
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10 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
More is not always better.

6-8GB of RAM or more will not really help performance for the most part.
In fact, its really only helpful if you use applications that can make use of it.
But those applications need to be 64bit as well, to overcome the 32bit 2GB limitation.

Only you know if you fall into this category.

Generally, 4GB is plenty.

I would go with a matching kit though, and just do away with the cuurent. Like a 2x2GB kit.
This is true also. I personally run with 4GB DDR3 and have no problems with anything.
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10 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
More is not always better.

6-8GB of RAM or more will not really help performance for the most part.
In fact, its really only helpful if you use applications that can make use of it.
But those applications need to be 64bit as well, to overcome the 32bit 2GB limitation.

Only you know if you fall into this category.



Generally, 4GB is plenty.


I would go with a matching kit though, and just do away with the cuurent. Like a 2x2GB kit.
So, just to confirm, if you had a choice of 6GB (2x2GB+2x1GB) and 4GB (2x2GB), you're saying it'd be better to go with 4GB (2x2GB)?
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10 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alienn4hire View Post

So, just to confirm, if you had a choice of 6GB (2x2GB+2x1GB) and 4GB (2x2GB), you're saying it'd be better to go with 4GB (2x2GB)?
He is saying that unless you are using 64-bit programs 4GB is enough for optimal usage. Doesn't hurt to have more for the future however. 64-bit will become the standard eventually lol

and yes, matched sets are best.
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