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Suggestion on RAM upgrade.
Gambit
Brisbane, Queensland
13 posts
Hi all,

I have this Gigabyte motherboard with 4gigs of ram [DDR II 2 x 2gb]. This is a 2 year old setup. I want to add another 4gigs of ram. The Mobi manual says that if i want to use all the 4 slots, i should use single sided memory and i don't know what it is.

So i thought its better to take 2 x 4gb sticks to be on the safe side. MSY or any other online shops don't have 4gb sticks of DDR II. Are these 4gb Kingston sticks compatible with my MB?
Kingston


Thanks.
05:21pm 30/05/11 Permalink
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skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
3750 posts
I'd dare say all 4gb sticks will be dual sided. What do you expect to happen with another 4gigs of memory? 4gigs is usually fine generally.. I'm not sure what you're doing.

As for suggestions, I've got none. Hopefully someone else can pipe up.
05:25pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
32058 posts
running 64bit os? even if you are, you wont see any increase in performance unless you are doing something super memory intensive

check your memory usage now, you'd be lucky to see 2gig of ram in use any one time
05:27pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
5852 posts
Buy an SSD instead.
05:31pm 30/05/11 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
455 posts
an SSD will be the biggest single noticeable improvement, good bang for you buck
05:32pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Gambit
Brisbane, Queensland
14 posts
running 64bit os? even if you are, you wont see any increase in performance unless you are doing something super memory intensive

check your memory usage now, you'd be lucky to see 2gig of ram in use any one time

I am an IT student. I play a lot of games, use photoshop, fireworks etc. And yes, its a 64bit OS. My current usage is at 3.6gb and i think that's the bottleneck. Recently my sys performance has degraded. De-fragmentation and Registry cleans are not working any more.

I can use dual sided becuase the previous 2gb sticks are also dual sided. The point is, if i want to run the memory in dual-channel, i should populate only 2 slots. This is the info in the manual.

"4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR2 1066(OC)/800/667 MHz memory modules
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.)
* Because of Intel chipset limitation, please use single-side memory module if four memory modules are to be installed."

I purchased 2 x 2gb sticks from MSY but they are not working. Its not their fault because i tested them individually. My BIOS is only detecting 4gigs at any time.
05:36pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Gambit
Brisbane, Queensland
15 posts
an SSD will be the biggest single noticeable improvement, good bang for you buck

How much will be the performance gain? And how much GB can i get for $150?
05:38pm 30/05/11 Permalink
konstie
Melbourne, Victoria
1756 posts
And how much GB can i get for $150?


you can pickup 60gb for $140 at umart.
05:45pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
5853 posts
Or find about $20 more and get an 80GB SSD for $168.
05:46pm 30/05/11 Permalink
konstie
Melbourne, Victoria
1757 posts
haha i guess >.<
05:49pm 30/05/11 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
456 posts
i went from 4 to 8 gig of ram, and all was okay, (slight increase) and smoother running

got a 60gb SSD, and CS5 is running faster than the same system on 8 gig and CS4
05:50pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
5444 posts
You might be better off just buying a 2x4GB kit and selling the 2x2GB.
06:29pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Gambit
Brisbane, Queensland
16 posts
You might be better off just buying a 2x4GB kit and selling the 2x2GB.

Yes, but i am not sure if the 4gb sticks (gave the link) are compatible in the first place. Can anyone read the manual instructions i provided and tell if i can proceed with the purchase?
06:49pm 30/05/11 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
32060 posts
dont bother.
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