Two 1GB RAM sticks better than one 2GB stick?

Micro-star international / Ms-7514
April 25, 2010 at 09:47:50
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 2.406 GHz / 2047 MB
Hi I will soon build a computer for my sister and I just wondering if there are any notably differences between having one 2gb ram stick or buy two 1gb.

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April 25, 2010 at 10:09:30
Not if they're the same speed. Of course it would be better to have two 2GB sticks than the one....

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April 25, 2010 at 10:39:10
You need a matched pair if you wanna enable dual channel mode.

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April 25, 2010 at 11:32:09
The difference between single- and dual-channel memory probably won't be noticeable, especially if you can run a single stick twice as fast as the CPU bus (eg, DDR2-1066 memory with a 266/1066 FSB processor).

However, dual-channel mode will make those all-important memory benchmark scores double. :-) It may also give a small boost to CPU-limited games.

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April 25, 2010 at 12:22:32
I agree that dual channel may be faster but they cost a lot more and you have to have a supported motherboard.

Get the best price for the amount you want. If you can get one selection cheaper then get it. I can only say that a single module may leave you unbootable but have room to expand while a two may leave you a way to boot but limit the ability to expand.

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April 25, 2010 at 14:08:20
It seems that dual channel vs. single channel doesn’t effect the average user experience when playing or doing other basic stuff like word processing in office.
It's a 770chips based motherboard and an Athlon II x2 250 that I will put in this system. The price differences between these memory setups aren’t huge but noticeably.

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