I've been talking to some friends about this, but is it true that Memory RAM chips actually speed up a computer's regular operations (seeing a video and stuff like that)? or do they just help in gerenal gaming? Since I just have a 512 MB ram chip, I was thinking on buying an Kinsgton 1GB, because I wanna play Company of Heroes without the slowdowns I experience. That's the reason I need to check that out, if anybody say something I would be very grateful.
Yes, RAM will speed up your computer's regular operations and also your gaming. Having 512MB of RAM is definitley going to cause some lag in Company of Heroes, but thats not the only component in your computer that could be causing the lag. Your Video Card and your CPU all contribute to gaming as well, and It wouldn't do any good to buy a 1GB Kingston stick if your Video Card is very slow and old. An easy way to tell us what your full PC specifications are would be to run a DxDiag report. It will show us all of your PC's components. To do it: -Click Start -Click "Run" -When the "Run" window is up type "dxdiag" just without the quotes. -The dxdiag will now run and gather your PC's component information. -Once it has finished click "File" and then save the document. -Finally add the dxdiag report you have saved into an attachment in your next post.
Well I use Windows XP, have a Radeon X1600 series ( I think it's an XT), an Intel Pentium dual core 2,66Ghz, and... I don't know about the motherboard, can't find info about it anywhere.xD Thanks steven, so ram increases regular pc's operations, but is it a great difference? Oh, I forgot, I have about 170GB of free space in my hard drive.
Bumping up your ram from 512MB to 1.5GB will show you a big increase in overall performance of your PC. And your X1600 card isn't the greatest but its certainly enough to play Company of Heroes. One thing you have to be sure of before you buy that 1GB kingston stick is that it has matching speed to your current RAM. And you also have to make sure if your RAM is DDR or DDR2. PC's with DDR RAM will not work with DDR2 RAM and vice-versa. An easy way to check is to download a program called "CPU-Z". Which shows in detail all your PC's components. You can download it here Download CPU-Z 1.43 - filehippo.com Once you've downloaded it extract it and run it. Once its up simply click the "Memory" tab and it will show you what speed your RAM is and whether it is DDR or DDR2.
Here is my pc: Number of processors1 Number of cores2 per processor Number of threads2 per processor NameIntel Pentium D 805 SpecificationIntel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.66GHz PackageSocket 775 LGA SteppingB0 Technology90 nm Core Speed2666.8 MHz Multiplier x Bus speed20.0 x 133.3 MHz Rated Bus speed533.4 MHz Stock frequency2666 MHz Chipset & MemoryNorthbridgeATI RS400/RC400/RC410 rev. 01 SouthbridgeALI M1573 rev. 31 Graphic InterfacePCI-Express PCI-E Link Widthx16 PCI-E Max Link Widthx16 Memory TypeDDR2 Memory Size512 MBytes Memory Frequency266.5 MHz () CAS# Latency (tCL)4.0 clocks RAS# to CAS# (tRCD)4 clocks RAS# Precharge (tRP)4 clocks Cycle Time (tRAS)12 clocks Memory SPDModule 1DDR2, PC2-4300 (266 MHz), 512 MBytes, Kingston Well It's DDR2, but it's 266Mhz of memory frequency. Is that weak?
Its not weak, its pretty average, and alot better than having DDR and you should be fine with it. When you are buying your new Kingston stick of RAM make sure it says PC2-4200 and 533MHz and you should be fine.
Can't it be like 800 mhz?
Call me Pingwin
26th May 2005
It can, but it won't make any difference. Your computer will always default to the least common denominator. That being, the slower stick.
hm... ok then, the hertz thing doesn't make that much of a difference I guess. Thanks a lot for both of you, I will talk with the shopkeeper and buy a stick then. Thanks again! :D
BF2 Files Staff
25th October 2004
The MHZ thing does matter. 800mhz is a good stick.