single channel versus dual channel memory setup

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by John Doe, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    Since I put some new memory modules in the wrong colored slots, I figured I
    may as well test them before switching them for dual channel mode, for what
    it's worth.

    System:
    MSI K7N2 Delta2-LSR (MS-6570E-030) mainboard up to 400MHz DDR support
    Athlon XP 2400+ 2.0GHz CPU (133 MHz FSB)
    two 512MB DDR400 PC3200 CL 2.5 (133 MHz FSB)
    generic nVidia TNT 2 video card
    Windows XP SP1a

    WinRar
    .... KB/s, single - 250, dual - 265
    Sandra
    ....CPU arithmetic, single - 11,381, dual - 11,368
    ....CPU multimedia, single - 38,646, dual - 38,688
    ....memory bandwidth, single - 3,839, dual - 4,012
    ....filesystem benchmark, single - 38,352, dual - 38,300
     
    John Doe, Oct 11, 2004
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    Conor Guest

    THe only thing worth testing is the memory bandwidth. Oh, and you need
    to test it a few times to get a proper average.
     
    Conor, Oct 11, 2004
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    cowboyz Guest

    I noticed the same. Dual channel ram is overrated. I changed my soltek
    DRV board for a FRN board to get dual channel and didn't notice the
    difference. I also wanted the extra USB ports so it wasn't a complete waste
    but disappointing.
     
    cowboyz, Oct 11, 2004
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    WayneM Guest

    There have been several articles recently on dual channel memory. It is
    basically a marketing ploy and the most you can expect is about a 5%
    increase in speed. I guess it's worth it for some gamers trying to squeeze
    every last bit of speed out of their machine.

    It's definitely not worth it if you have to pay a premium for a "kit" of
    supposedly matched sticks.

    Wayne
     
    WayneM, Oct 11, 2004
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    John Doe Guest

    If I were concerned about matching memory, I would just look for sticks
    from the same lot. I'm not saying that's necessary, it's just the way I
    would do it. Have fun.
     
    John Doe, Oct 15, 2004
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