Should I get different RAM?

March 14, 2009 at 13:51:39
Specs: Windows Vista
Not too familiar with the whole overclocking deal. I have a Dell XPS M1730 that has a Intel Core 2 Duo extreme X9000 that came OEM at 2.8 GHz. The bios has an overclocking option that I have set at 3.4 GHz right now... My question is this: Would I benefit from a different type of RAM since my processor is overclocked? The RAM now installed is PC2-5300. I've read that pc2-6400 is backwards compatible. Would that give me any boost in performance with my circumstances? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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March 14, 2009 at 14:48:01
Read this review:
You don't need PC6400 RAM if you use the multip0lier of 17, even though it is backwards compatible. It wouldn't give a boost in performance IMHO.

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March 14, 2009 at 14:58:09
To begin with, it's generally not good to overclock a laptop. Overclocking *usually* causes the CPU to run hotter & laptop cooling is marginal due to the confined space. And of course, the faster you run it, the more power it will use & the shorter the battery life between charges.

As for the RAM, you have DDR2-667 that runs at 333MHz frequency by default. Your CPU runs at just 200MHz frequency (800MHz FSB) by default. If you compare the difference in frequencies (CPU vs RAM), your RAM already outpaces the CPU by 67%.

In other words, installing faster rated RAM will have little or no effect on performance.

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