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    Default Memory Performence

    I was just wondering how much performence increase you would get if you upgraded from value ram to OCZ Gold GX EL. Usually id just go ahead and buy it, but these sticks are so expensive. And in performence increase i mean gaming, office apps, photoshop etc.

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    Just compared some Everest (Home Edition) results, The OCZ memory nearley doubled my read results, and smashed my memory on the write and latency tests.

    But the ram im getting these results from was in dual channel mode. And my mobo dosent support dual channel.

    So does that mean that i can run dual channel ram in single mode.
    And will there be much of a difference in everest between dual and single modes.

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    synthetic tests... don't pay much attention to them if you're interested in getting perormance out of real word applications.

    You guessed correctly, dual channel results will be way in front of single channel, so if you run that OCZ memory in single channel you will get results nearing your current memory (providing all things being equal).

    When you use single channel, you are using a 64 bit memory bus, when you configure for dual channel it doubles this to 128 bit. A 128 bit memory controller can transmit 16 bytes per clock pulse, and you can work out how other controller will react from this. for example, a 256 bit memory controller as seen on most video cards is 32 bytes, and a 64 bit controller handles 8 bytes. Using this data you can figure out the theoretical peak bandwidth relating to your situation, but i'll pretend were talking about DDR400 here even if thats not your plan.

    64 bit controller: 8 * 400 = 3200 MB/s
    128 bit controller: 16 * 400 = 6400 MB/s

    Very crude, but it should explain why in everest the results you saw for dual channel were almost double.

    The best upgrade you could do regarding your memory sub system would be to get a dual channel capable motherboard, but i'm not suggesting your current 1GB of memory will suffice either, that's entirely down to what you do with your PC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson View Post
    you will get results nearing your current memory (providing all things being equal)
    Well my current memory is 3,3,3,8
    and the 512 OCZ module is 2,2,2,5
    and the 1g is 2,3,3,8

    prob get 2x 512 sticks

    So would the performence difference be worth the price now

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    i dont think so
    What?

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    not a great deal.

    1) low timings are optimal, but you get small gains from this.
    2) clock speed brings an increase, so moving from the memory at 200MHz to 250Mhz will give you bandwidth improvements, but you can get significant (larger) bandwidth improvements with a dual channel motherboard instead.

    The number one reason to upgrade memory is capacity, performance is secondary. Considering you have no intent to move to 2GB i would say upgrade your motherboard to a dual channel model, this will give you a bigger memory performance gain than buying new memory.

    Shame that P4 isn't s775 as you could have gotten a conroe board for a nice upgrade path.

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    Ok thanks

    I'll forget about the memory for now then

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    Oh what the hell, i'll get a new motherboard. But its still gona be AGP and S478 as im not up to rebuilding my system yet.

    Ive been looking at the Abit IC7 Max 3 and the MSI 865PE Neo2-Platnium. I really like the black boards.

    But i dont think any S478 boards are still being made. The Max3 is under the discontinued products list but it dosent say that on the product page where as the other IC7 boards do. And im worried that i wont be able to fit a decent cooler on the cpu because of that cooling thing on it.

    And i only came accross the MSI one the other day. But its not a 875P based board, which dosent really matter its just that i should try and get the latest.

    These two boards should be less than $100AUD (50pounds) I think.

    Ive also heard some good things about the Asus P4P800 but its not black (LOL im such a lamo)
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    Why does it haave to be black! Black mobos get hotter than other colours. I think! lol

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