View Full Version : should i add the slower 256mb?

25-10-2005, 02:12 AM
Hi all, my friend gave me his old 256 stick of ram, i currently have 512 mb was thinking to add the 256, but the 256 runs at the next slowest speed below the 512mb, do u think that it would still be benificial to add the 256 or will it cause more bottlenecking?
Thanks yall!

25-10-2005, 08:37 AM
depends what OS you have
98 won't like any more than 512, it won't know what to do with it
if you have xp and are just using it for general use then stick with the 512
if you have xp and run graphic intensive apps, games or databases then use the other 256

25-10-2005, 09:00 AM
If you have any non Win9x OS, then I would say yes :)

25-10-2005, 09:24 AM
anyway, are you sure this "256" has a same brand with yours.
there are maybe some problems when you use two different tech. sticks.

25-10-2005, 09:42 AM
I would be inclined to throw the 256 in anyway, if it causes issues (reads at only 256, or 512, or locks up) then take it out. ONly if you are using Win 9x though

25-10-2005, 02:18 PM
What's your motherboard?
What speed run are you running the 512MB RAM at? What speed is the 256?
Can your motherboard take that type of RAM?
If your motherboard can take it, I would suggest plugging it in and see what if it runs alright. You can always take it back out again if it doesn't :D

26-10-2005, 12:05 AM
Thats good advice SuperfishNZ :) you've got a point there...