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PC133 RAM Configuration


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I want 512 MB of PC133 SDRAM with ECC installed in my server. I currently have 128 MB. Should I add 3 sticks of 128 or go with 2 sticks of 256 or 1 stick of 512. I have 4 slots.
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It depends what your long term view is, if you want to add ram later then go for the biggest stick the motherboard and chipset will recognise, the largest stick goes in slot 1
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I'm looking at this from a speed issue. I'll never upgrade again due to the age of the machine. With pc133 RAM am I better off with 1 big stick or breaking it down.

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If you break it down then all the memory sticks cannot go bad on you
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I would go with 1 big stick since you can set up PC133 RAM in dual channel
so it doesn't mather if its 1 big or 2 smaller
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Thanks for your advice. I'm going to with 1 big 512.
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I would go with 1 big stick since you can set up PC133 RAM in dual channel
so it doesn't mather if its 1 big or 2 smaller



I assume thats supposed to read 'CANNOT set up PC133 in dual channel'!

lineman - A quick note re. the 1 big stick of memory issue...
You mentioned that you would not be upgrading the system again due to its age. I take that to mean that the system is fairly old, right? In that case, you may want to check with the motherboard manufacturer whether it can support 512MB on a single stick. If the motherboard is a proper server board, then this shouldn't be a problem but if it's just a normal board, then this might be worth checking out before you buy the memory.
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Samm - good call - thanks for the tip
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