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oggy
23-06-2004, 09:39 PM
Hi
Looking at a new PC. Comes with 1024 mb DDR SDRAM in either 2 x 512 mb or 4 x 256 mb. What are the pros and cons of 2 vs 4 modules? (Total price is the same).

tweak\'e
23-06-2004, 09:58 PM
it would pay to actualy give details of the pc. some pc's do not run well with 4 ram sticks.

i would choose the 2x512 as this will allow for any future upgrades.

kiki
23-06-2004, 10:02 PM
You would need a lot more information than that to determine which would be faster.

You would need RAM latencies, if they are Dual Channel sticks, single sided/double sided.

Generally you might be better off getting the 2x512mb as that would leave you with some spare room for additional upgrades.

oggy
23-06-2004, 10:16 PM
Thanks
Not overly worried about speed as I reckon 1 gb ram will give me all I need. I'm more interested in the practicalities. eg, what if one module goes bung in either configuration ... will the PC still run? If I get 2 x 512 modules and one falls over I'll have to buy another 512 mb module to replace it which is a bit more expensive than just replacing a single 256mb module.
The system I'm looking at is a P4 3.2 ghz with hyperthreading.

Jester
23-06-2004, 10:20 PM
Go for 2 x 512. Then you have 2 free slots. If the next best thing at a fair price is 1024 MB sticks, you can add to your existing 1024 rather than losing 256 to gain 1024.

I have a dual channel RAM motherboard, and could only afford 512 when I got it - it ran sweet with one stick. I have 2 x 512's in now.

J
:D

tweak\'e
23-06-2004, 10:27 PM
>one falls over I'll have to buy another 512 mb module to replace it which is a bit more expensive than just replacing a single 256mb module

by the time one falls over (out of warranty) then the price of 512 sticks will be down to 256 prices :)

Murray P
23-06-2004, 10:33 PM
I was reading a review of a motherboard the other night and they could not get it to recognise all the ram with all 4 slots filled, fine with 2 or 3. It is a board that is very near and dear to a PF1'ers heart.

Cheers Murray P

mikebartnz
23-06-2004, 10:39 PM
Go for the 2 x 512 mb sticks