Please register or login. There are 0 registered and 1397 anonymous users currently online. Current bandwidth usage: 326.30 kbit/s December 17 - 12:28pm EST 
Hardware Analysis
      
Forums Product Prices
  Contents 
 
 

  Latest Topics 
 

More >>
 

    
 
 

  You Are Here: 
 
/ Forums / Memory /
 

  Ram Question 
 
 Author 
 Date Written 
 Tools 
john dabrowski Feb 16, 2011, 01:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List Replies: 4 - Views: 1265
Hey guys,
I recently upgraded one of my computers and have an extra stick of ram. I was wondering, will it benefit me, or decrease my pc speed installing it my other computer, here's the specs:

Extra stick of ram is 512mb ddr2 533mhz

I currently have 2x2gb ddr2 800mhz running dual channel, installed in slots 1 and 3
I want to install the extra chip in slot 2. I know the ram is compatible with the system, my only concern is that it is a different speed that the other ram. The extra chip will be running on a different channel, but i didn't know if the bios would underclock all the ram to make it compatible with the 533 or would it leave it alone because it's on a different channel.

Thanks


Asus P5q-se plus
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @3.4ghz
64gb Crucial SSD
2x2gb G.Skill DDR2 800
Seagate 1tb sata II
Ati All-In-Wonder HD
22" ViewSonic LCD TV as monitor
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Want to enjoy fewer advertisements and more features? Click here to become a Hardware Analysis registered user.
max Guerette Feb 16, 2011, 02:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Ram Question
The extra memory module you have is rated lower then what you currently have in your machine. Typically, RAM modules will function at the speed of your lowest rated stick.. So if you have 2x 800 Mhz stick and add the 533Mhz stick. Allthough your system memory will increase; your bandwidth will in fact decrease.. In some applications, the difference will be negligeable to you. I would test it and try.. If you play games or run intensive applications, you may see a slight performance reduction. Also in some cases, the memory module will not even work with the two other modules..

Core i7 930 @ 3.36Ghz
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
3x 2GB Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz
2x Radeon HD 5770 1GB in crossfire mode
OCZ ModXStream Pro 900W PSU
2x WD Caviar Black 1TB in Raid 0
1x 2TB WD Caviar Green (Data drive)
2x Dell 24in monitors
Jon Bailey Feb 16, 2011, 02:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Ram Question
That 512 stick is going to act like an anchor to your system, as max said, your other chips will run at 533mhz instead of 800mhz, your better off without it.

Max, welcome to the board

"The world is a temple to the self, and these days, there's alot of believers"
Dublin_Gunner Feb 16, 2011, 03:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Ram Question
Jon Bailey said:
That 512 stick is going to act like an anchor to your system, as max said, your other chips will run at 533mhz instead of 800mhz, your better off without it.

Max, welcome to the board



Not to mention he'll be running single channel.

Lancool PC K62
Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II
micro Feb 16, 2011, 03:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Ram Question
Another thing to keep in mind is what do you do with your pc and do you often do you even use all 4gb of ram?

You can view your ram usage via task manager/performance.

If the hardest that you work your pc is with video games, then 4gb is plenty. if you do a lot of video editing (not copying of dvd's) or large Photoshop projects, then more ram will help.

So if you don't use what ram you have, then as stated above, the extra stick will most likely hurt your performance.

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev

Write a Reply >>


 

    
 
 

  Topic Tools 
 
RSS UpdatesRSS Updates
 

  Related Articles 
 
 

  Newsletter 
 
A weekly newsletter featuring an editorial and a roundup of the latest articles, news and other interesting topics.

Please enter your email address below and click Subscribe.