Optimal Memory config

Posted on 2004-11-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I'm building a system in which I will install 2 GB of DDR memory. I have 4 DIMM slots, and I'm wondering if there is an advantage to configuring the memory as 2 - 1GB DIMM's or 4 - 512 DIMM's.

Question by:sebrame
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Obvious advantage is you don't have to throw out two 512MB chips when you decide you want 4GB of RAM.  But I'm fairly certain the larger chips are also more desireable - I'll see if I find more info on that or if someone else posts.
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    I'd go for the 1G , as lee said,  futureproof.  

    Make sure you get a matched pair and read you mainboard manual first. There are two slots that you should use first (usually blue ones)

    these are about the best 1G DDR mods I've used lately :-


    Logicbod :o)

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    ...also not all boards function at best efficiency (if at all - see some A64 boards) with all 4 slots populated. Go for 2x1gb

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