unnamednewbie13 Posted January 26, 2006 Share Posted January 26, 2006 I am running WinXP Pro 64-bit Edition on this machine: ASUS A8V Deluxe AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Corsair TWINX-3200XL 2-2-2-5-1T (2x512MB) BFG 6800 Ultra (AGP) CL Audigy 2 WD 74GB Raptor After having played Battlefield 2 (since its release) and used other memory intensive applications since late 2004, I keep running into the memory roadblock. While the Raptor is fast, it's just not fast enough...so I've decided it's probably time for a memory upgrade. I've considered the following options: A) an extra pair of Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL 2-2-2-5-1T (1x512MB) B) replacing the current TWINX-3200XL with Corsair TWINX2048-3200C2 2-3-3-6-(assuming 1T) (2x1024MB) C) replacing the current TWINX-3200XL with Corsair XMS-3500LLPro TwinX 2-3-2-6-1T (2x1024MB) Option A - Pros: This would cost me only about $200 dollars. Cons: But I've heard I wouldn't be able to achieve a 1T command rate with 4 DIMMS in this motherboard. I'm also not sure if I'm going to get 1.1 or 1.2 with ordering online, and the only local reseller charges $230 for what I know will be 1.2. Option B - Pros: I'd only have to run two modules in this system, maintaining a 1T command rate. At $236 from newegg.com ($196 after the $40 rebate), this would be slightly cheaper than what my local reseller offers for the TWINX1024-3200XL's. This is also the 2x1024MB memory package recommended by compatible.corsairmemory.com. Cons: The timing is a bit slower than the TWINX1024-3200XL, at 2-3-3-6. Option C - Pros: I've heard nothing but good reviews about the 3500LLPro. Cons: Its 2-3-2-6 timings are marginally slower than 2-2-2-5, and it's around $300. It also wasn't listed on Corsair's compatibility list for the A8V Deluxe. --- That being said, should I just buy another TWINX1024-3200XL and take my 2T beating, replace my current memory with TWINX2048-3200C2 and take the lower timings of 2-3-3-6 while retaining the 1T command rate (for almost the same price as the 3200XL's), or bite the bullet and buy into the 3500LLPro, if that'll even work with the A8V Deluxe? Or should I get something different? I am probably going to be building a new PC sometime in 2007 to bring me in line with socket AM2, DDR2, PPU's and PCI-e video cards, but for now I need something to tide me over. The memory-related crashes and stutterings are intolerable. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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