Jonathan DeMasi on 31 Mar 2009 14:55:29 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Memory Questions - Advice Needed

I think it depends.  Personally if you are just doing general computing you probably won't notice the difference.  If you use a lot of memory intensive applications you will notice to some degree.  I have a high performance computer with DDR2-1066 and when I'm running a lot of stuff it's noticeably faster than the DDR2-800 that was in it before. (there is the same amount of memory but my other memory went bad so I replaced it with DDR2-1066)

On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 5:46 PM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
For some strange reason, I still appear to be getting older every year.  (In
my mind, I'm still 25, but I digress).   Oddly, people seem to give me
presents every April for the simple fact that I've survived another year.
This year, I plan to pool all my "winnings" and build a new computer.

I'm considering a couple of options for RAM, and would welcome advice from
this august body.

My AMD system will be able to handle DDR2-1066 "Dual Channel" memory.
Scanning New Egg, I see that DDR2-1066 often come in pairs, or as single
SIMMs.  From a performance standpoint, is there a difference worth arguing
over separate of single SIMMs?

I also have noticed that DDR2-800 memory is a bit cheaper, which may allow me
to put more memory in the machine.   I understand that -1066 (great number
BTW.  What's next, "666" memory?) memory is faster, but do you think I will
see a practical difference in speed between -800 and -1066 memory?


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