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GA-P35-DQ6: 4 GB - which way to go?


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I'm putting together a machine based on the Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 and a Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz, running Vista. It is to have 4 GB of memory. I'm looking at the following options:


1 x TWIN2X4096-6400C5 G, 800 MHz, CL5

2 x TWIN2X2048-8500C5D, 1066 MHz, CL5

2 x TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX, 800 MHz, CL4


Which would be best for my system if performance priority is gaming. That is, what matters most; latency, speed or number of modules? (And if you could explain why, that would be awesome.)



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You will have far less chances of problems with TWIN2X4096-6400C5. These are a matched pair of 2GB Strips. The other two choices are 4 X 1024 and will populate all four banks. The motherboard memory controller can not keep up with the extra 2 banks of DRAM at the rated speeds.


My advice would be to go with the 2 X 2048 strips. I personally would go no other way. Keep in mind also, that you will need VISTA 64bit to fully address the entire 4GB of ram without losing a fair bit to your PCI/PCI-e devices. You very well would only see ~3.2GB from the 4GB on a 32bit OS such as VISTA 32bit.

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