2Gig 1066mhz vs. 4gig 800mhz 18 replies

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#1 11 years ago

Ive been upgrading my computer recently, I got a new motherboard (p35 platinum), processor (core 2 duo 4500) GFX card (8800GT), power supply (650) and a new case. Afer putting the computer together it wouldnt boot. I solved the problem, which turned out to be my ram. In short, it's too old to be copmatible with the mobo. I decided to go ahead and use the full potential of the mobo (1333mhz) and processor and get high quality ram. But now I stumbled upon a two way road. Due to budget constraints i can either buy two sticks of 1066mhz 1Gig ram or two sticks of 2GB, 800mhz ram. However I need help gauging if the higher speed of the two 1gig sticks will outweight the two 2gigs of lower speed, or vice versa. In summary 2Gig 1066mhz (two sticks) vs. 4gig 800mhz (two sticks)




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#2 11 years ago
Metall_pingwin;4081164Ive been upgrading my computer recently, I got a new motherboard (p35 platinum), processor (core 2 duo 4500) GFX card (8800GT), power supply (650) and a new case. Afer putting the computer together it wouldnt boot. I solved the problem, which turned out to be my ram. In short, it's too old to be copmatible with the mobo. I decided to go ahead and use the full potential of the mobo (1333mhz) and processor and get high quality ram. But now I stumbled upon a two way road. Due to budget constraints i can either buy two sticks of 1066mhz 1Gig ram or two sticks of 2GB, 800mhz ram. However I need help gauging if the higher speed of the two 1gig sticks will outweight the two 2gigs of lower speed, or vice versa. In summary 2Gig 1066mhz (two sticks) vs. 4gig 800mhz (two sticks)

There is about an abysmal difference between 1066mhz RAM and 800mhz RAM. And since you have a new PC I'm guessing its got Vista in it, so 4GB would definitley be the way to go, even if you didn't have Vista, the 4GB will be much more useful later on than 2GB.




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#3 11 years ago

I agree.




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#4 11 years ago

Nope, i kept my old OEM XP, i just had to reactivate it. Really, i didn't mean to buy an old computer, I just wanted a gfx card and vista for my old one, but then i thouht, maybe i should get a new cpu instead of vista, then i found out that my mobo doesnt support core 2 duo so i bought a new one, and then all my parts came and it turned out I have a BTX case, so that had to be replaced as well. Pretty much i've only got my old CD drives and HD. Anyways, that was unrelated. I forgot to mention that If i get two gigs of 1066 ram now, I would be getting another 2 gigs in maybe a year or so. I was recently told that getting two sticks of 1066 ram can actually bottleneck my computer, that seems extremely absurd, but do you know anything about that?




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#5 11 years ago

I wouldn't call it a bottleneck as such. Unless you're actually running it at full speed (or close to it), which you won't be, DDR2-1066 is slower than DDR2-800. The difference is that DDR2-1066 has higher latencies than DDR2-800.




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#6 11 years ago
Metall_pingwin;4081280Nope, i kept my old OEM XP, i just had to reactivate it. Really, i didn't mean to buy an old computer, I just wanted a gfx card and vista for my old one, but then i thouht, maybe i should get a new cpu instead of vista, then i found out that my mobo doesnt support core 2 duo so i bought a new one, and then all my parts came and it turned out I have a BTX case, so that had to be replaced as well. Pretty much i've only got my old CD drives and HD. Anyways, that was unrelated. I forgot to mention that If i get two gigs of 1066 ram now, I would be getting another 2 gigs in maybe a year or so. I was recently told that getting two sticks of 1066 ram can actually bottleneck my computer, that seems extremely absurd, but do you know anything about that?

Bottlenecking? No, I don't believe you'll have any trouble with that. The only problem I could possibly see is if your motherboard doesn't support 1066mhz RAM. And some motherboards that do only take certain brands of it.




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#7 11 years ago

Well, my cpu fsb,( i just realised it ) is only 800mhz, so i'm guessing that means I can only buy 800mhz memory, otherwise it wont work, or will be a waste of mhz. In that case, what do you guys suggest? Get 4gigs of 800mhz memory now, and stick with it, or get 2 gigs of 800mhz memory now, and get 4\2 gigs of 1066mhz memory when I upgrade my cpu? I plan to upgrade the cpu again in maybe a one and 1\2 or two years




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#8 11 years ago

If your CPU can only take DDR2 800 then go for the 4GB of it, no point in buying 2GB of DDR2 800 when a year down the line you'd be replacing it.




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#9 11 years ago
Metall_pingwin;4081537Well, my cpu fsb,( i just realised it ) is only 800mhz, so i'm guessing that means I can only buy 800mhz memory, otherwise it wont work, or will be a waste of mhz.

If it's running in 1:1 it'll be running at DDR2-400, not DDR2-800 or DDR2-1066. I havn't seen DDR2-400 for years. If you want to save a little bit of money you can go for DDR2-667 (which is fast enough to keep up with any Intel CPU on the market at the moment, should you want to upgrade in the future) but I doubt there's actually much price difference between that and DDR2-800 anyway.

It is possible to change the ratio. If you buy DDR2-800 you might be able to run it at DDR2-800 or something close to it anyway. Depends on the motherboard, a P35 should give you decent options in that respect but I don't have one so I can't say for sure.




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#10 11 years ago

Yeah, I get a bunch of ratios to set in the BIOS (even triple ratios????) What should I set it to in order to get 800mhz performance? Is it just simple math and I use 1:2\2:1? Also, if in theory i would be able to set it to a 1066 compatible ratio, would it work perfectly fine?




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