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1 x 2GB and 2 x 512MB ram


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Hi, I need some advice,

I just bought a 2GB ram stick and put it in my computer but I already had 2 x 512MB in there already so I just want to know if this will be ok or will it cause damage or conflicts ??? System seems to be running fine at the moment and is a little faster. My computer is a Scaleo P Fujitsu and it can only be upgraded to 3GB max ram and as you can't buy 1.5 GB ram (I don't think) then 3GB Max could not be achieved unless I got 2 x 2GB but that would be a waste of a GB and money.

Please help as if this is bad then I will need to take them out as soon as possible.

Many thanks
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Not generally recommended in the grand scale of things but it will work.
Realistically the 3Gb limit is imposed by the board because otherwise XP and 32-bit Vista will probably complain bitterly about having too much memory.
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ahh cool thanks for the reply, just worried thats all. Do you think my comp would perform better if it just had 1 stick of 2GB ram rather than 1 stick of 2GB ram and 2 stick of 512MB ? Comp seems fine at the moment and no crashes or freeze as been reported by others for mixing.

One more question, is 2GB ram more efficient than 2 x 1GB ram or does it not make any difference ?

Edited by peyote, 26 February 2008 - 05:21 PM.

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Your computer will function fine with the setup you have.

As far as the 2 vs 1 stick question. My logic would dictate that if the computer can spread out where the information can go on the motherboard it will go faster. I look at it as if you have just one entrance to a building and a ton of people going through it the people will not go through fast. But if you add one or more entrances (ie 1 or 2 pairs of RAM) the bottleneck will be reduced. Someone please let me know if my logic makes sense and if it's true in the computer world.
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My logic would dictate that if the computer can spread out where the information can go on the motherboard it will go faster. I look at it as if you have just one entrance to a building and a ton of people going through it the people will not go through fast. But if you add one or more entrances (ie 1 or 2 pairs of RAM) the bottleneck will be reduced. Someone please let me know if my logic makes sense and if it's true in the computer world.


Theoretically two matched pairs of RAM (so they run in dual-channel mode) are faster.
In reality, you'll be hard pushed to notice it so its not worth the upgrade on its own but it would probably be preferential as part of a more major upgrade.
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So adding 2GB ram stick to my computer with two 512MB ram sticks already isn;t going to make my computer that much faster ??? What else would I need to upgrade for my computer to run faster ? I've upgraded my graphic card a couple of months ago and now ram, what else would be worth upgrading ?
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