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Windows 7: Help with RAM and laptop question please

07 Nov 2009   #11
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
I suggest that you replace both SODIMMs at the same time, to avoid compatibility issues caused by mixing memory with different specs. You can get a small price break for buying a pair:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model VS4GSDSKIT667D2 - Laptop Memory

You may not get the full capacity of 4GB of RAM in Win7 X86 (32 bit, widely know addressing limitation), but you'll max out the RAM.


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07 Nov 2009   #12
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I suggest that you replace both SODIMMs at the same time, to avoid compatibility issues caused by mixing memory with different specs. .
I second that... most memory issues occur when you have a mismatched pair!

As for what memory to buy... Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, all are good brands! And all offer a lifetime warranty, for an extra approx. $6.00 USD... WELL WORTH IT! Remember, you get what you pay for!

I'd use the memory configurator at any of the above memory manufacturers website or neweggs! I am a big newegg fan, they always come thru with price, service, and relaibility!
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08 Nov 2009   #13
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

So you believe Corsair is a good brand?
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08 Nov 2009   #14
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
So you believe Corsair is a good brand?
I like any major brand, matched pair, lifetime warranty RAM!

Does the corsair have Lifetime warranty? If so jump on a matched pair and sell your old stuff to a buddy or on ebay!
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08 Nov 2009   #15
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
I suggest that you replace both SODIMMs at the same time, to avoid compatibility issues caused by mixing memory with different specs. You can get a small price break for buying a pair:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model VS4GSDSKIT667D2 - Laptop Memory



You may not get the full capacity of 4GB of RAM in Win7 X86 (32 bit, widely know addressing limitation), but you'll max out the RAM.
Thank you. This is the information I wanted when I asked this question. Compatibility issues and things of that nature. Also, since I have toshiba memory, do you think adding a 2gb toshiba RAM to my PC, making a total of 3gb and about the amount 7 x86 will use, combat this compatibility issue? Or is it more of a gb issue than brand? On Toshiba Direct, the 2gb is $69.99 anyways so it would be $18 to get the 2 x 2gb.

All in all, should I stick with buying the 2 x 2g Corsair or just buy the 2gb Toshiba?
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10 Nov 2009   #16
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

I'd buy 2x2GB of something new and matched... On newegg for example you can get a 2x2GB kit from anywhere between $82 and $105... much less than the Toshiba memory!

It's not a brand issue it's more a timing and speed issues, there are many different factors. It is considered best practice to install matched pairs of DDR ram. Also considering that you can get 4 GB for slightly over what toshiba would charge for 2GB... I'd get the Corsair or similar.

Hope that helps!
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10 Nov 2009   #17
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Thanks. Ordered the 2x2g Corsair. Can't wait to see how much improvement it makes!
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10 Nov 2009   #18
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Thanks. Ordered the 2x2g Corsair. Can't wait to see how much improvement it makes!
Let us know how it goes for you.
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10 Nov 2009   #19
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkXeno View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Thanks. Ordered the 2x2g Corsair. Can't wait to see how much improvement it makes!
Let us know how it goes for you.
Will do.
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14 Nov 2009   #20
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Well, just received the RAM in the mail today, and installed it and it installed fine. Recognized right away. Kind of bummed though. I was expecting it to load applications faster, and I can't really tell a difference. I'll keep checking to see if it does get better. As of now, iTunes and Firefox loads about the same speed, but CCleaner did load super fast, so undecided still.
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