Thread: Adding New Ram - Need Advised
November 17th, 2011, 12:31 PM #1
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Adding New Ram - Need Advice
I currently have CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX ( Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX ) in my my computer.
Well they do not sell these anymore and I want to buy another 4GB to push mine up to 8GB. Well I found a good deal on G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B ( Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B ) and I wanted to know if I would have any issues with mixing the two RAMS. They are the same timing, 4-4-4-12, but the voltage is different. The CORSAIR runs at 2.1v and the G.Skill run at 1.8-1.9v. Is this going to be an issues or do you think it will be good to go?
I cannot upgrade to DDR3, so dont even mention it (at least that is what my wife tells me) and I cannot buy any different types of RAM because I am getting such a deal on these that I can afford them. Any suggestions or help would be great, thanks!
Last edited by Nigomas2060; November 17th, 2011 at 12:45 PM.
November 17th, 2011, 12:55 PM #2
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I wouldn't, you have mixed voltages, and it is going to run @ 1 voltage.
I can't remember which way it will default. but you will either have too high or too low for one kind.
It might work, though no guarantee.
Some dual channel boards are picky, and need matched sets, though that isn't as big an issue as it was when dual channel first came out,
Do you have a 64 bit operating system?
The big question is why do you need 8 gig?
There are reasons for that much RAM, but most people don't need more than 4, on a 64 bit system, and a 32bit system won't even address 4 gig.
Gaming won't benefit from 8 gig, unless you run a ton of stuff in the background.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
November 17th, 2011, 01:13 PM #3
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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and yes, i run a ton of things in the background and I am starting to run slow. I am going to reformat my drives this weekend but I would like more RAM because when I check my system resources, i am using 95% or my RAM and i just feel that 8 would speed things up a little, plus i am getting them form 30 bucks brand new and thought "what the hell, why not."
November 17th, 2011, 01:25 PM #4
I can't say it will work, for sure.
I think it defaults to the lower voltage, so you may have to set the voltage a little higher manually, if it doesn't work on auto.
I'd probably give it a try for that price, but there are several members that check in regularly, that might know a little more.
I'd wait for their replies.
The price of DDR2 is going up, as it is probably not made any more, so you could always sell it, if it doesn't work.
Last edited by stroyal; November 17th, 2011 at 01:44 PM.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
November 17th, 2011, 01:29 PM #5
If it defaults to single channel, I would not worry about it.
Dual channel only gains maybe 10%, and the extra RAM will negate that and more.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
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