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    After adding an old memory stick of 512 to my new pc, its taken it down from dual channel to single channel (this is what i can tell from the bootup screen)

    Which would be better to have? 1GB of dual or 1.5GB of single speed? (Predominatly for games)
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    2x512's would be better than a single gb...providing they're on different channels.

    Edit: Just re-read the post. I'd reccomend you to change the 512 that you just added for a dual 512. If you have enough slots, get another 2x512s of dual. If not, get the 1GB of dual.

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    --marty
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    Dual channel, as obviously there is more channels open for data transfer. So, 2x512MB would be better than 1x1.5GB.
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    Dual..
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    Which CPU are you using?

    1.5GB single will be better over 1GB dual channel as for games that are using more than 1GB you're going to gain more from the system being able to use the RAM instead of HDD (alot faster) than the 5% or so speed you're going to gain from Dual Channel.

    Stick with the 1.5GB single, I can pretty much guarantee you'll see more of a difference with the extra RAM than you ever saw with dual channel
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    Are you sure that it has taken all the modules down to single channel? When you add a third stick it should leave the original two working in dual channel, if they're both dual channel ram and in complementary spots, and just have the third working in single channel.
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    Pretty sure it's an all or nothing thing with dual channel vs single channel, though if you have 2x256MB in one channel and 1x512MB in another it should work in dual channel, but not 3x512MB, AFAIK.
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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I am also looking for some dual channel RAM. Unfortunately, I'm not very clued up on my RAM and all I've found so far is 6-layer stuff; is this suitable, or something entirely different?
    If someone could provide me with a link to a stick of dual channel RAM that would be super-duper. Cheers
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    www.crucial.com/uk or www.corsair.com and use the memory selectors on there based on your motherboard/system, then www.overclockers.co.uk to compare prices.
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    Are you sure that it has taken all the modules down to single channel? When you add a third stick it should leave the original two working in dual channel, if they're both dual channel ram and in complementary spots, and just have the third working in single channel.
    Well it does say that its single channel 64bit on the bios at the start.... how could i find it out?

    Thanks for everyone's replys aswell, did a 3d mark on both settings, and didnt get much difference!
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    If the BIOS says single channel, it'll be running single channel.

    Single = 64bit Double = 128bit. There isn't an inbetween like 96bit or whatever.

    Software like CPU-Z should also tell you, but they can be pretty inaccurate (e.g. on my A7N8X-X it says Dual Channel when 2 sticks are installed, but it doesn't even have a dual channel controller on the motherboard)
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    So is this
    better than this?
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    The first will get you about 5% performance increase, the second would allow you to upgrade to a higher amount of memory in the future without having to remove any other sticks.

    Personally I'd buy the 1GB stick as the way things are going you're likely to need 2GB in the future.
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    Ok, thanks.

    The 1GB was the one on my list anyway.
 
 
 
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