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Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe - 1GB or more?


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Ramguy, Derek or other gurus,

 

I've read until my eyes are bleeding... I need some advice for getting the best overall gaming performance from an older system. Naturally I'm looking at RAM first, if more will help. I'm Debating an upgrade to 2GB or more.

 

I currently have two sticks of CMX512-3200XLPRO. I was going to buy two additional sticks to match the two I have. Due to revision issues being mentioned and or posts where you guys have said four sticks will run slower than just two, even if it is more memory, I now think that is a bad idea for gaming- right?

 

The memory configurator recommends TWINX2048-3200C2PT which is 2GB. I think that is the set and the amount of RAM I've seen you recommend most for this MB. I just don't know if thats because it's the only RAM for this MB that's still made or if it's because it is what's best in it.

 

The questions:

Will I notice a $100+ worth of performance increase going from the sticks I have (1GB) to the above stick (2GB) or even more with this system, for gaming?

 

SANDRA shows the sticks I have running at 2-2-2-5 with everything on auto in the bios. What are bios optimum settings for whichever stick(s) you recommend or for the ones I already have if you tell me to I'm best to just keep what I've got.

 

Am I missing some other fairly cheap performance increase?

 

I promise to run memtest if I make any changes:laughing:

 

Thanks for what you do! It helps alot.:!:

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Well the only option for DDR1 would be replacing what you have now with one set of Twinx2048-3200C2 as you cannot Mix them and if you do happen to find a match to what you have with that MB you would most likely be limited to DDR333.
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Well the only option for DDR1 would be replacing what you have now with one set of Twinx2048-3200C2 as you cannot Mix them and if you do happen to find a match to what you have with that MB you would most likely be limited to DDR333.

 

Thank you for the quick reply and please forgive my insolence as I'm sure you're very busy, but did you read the actual questions I asked? Your response just repeats the only part I was already aware of...

 

Thanks again,

Rick

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Yes I did see your other questions, however they are mute as its not relevant as it will not be an option.

 

I've read until my eyes are bleeding... I need some advice for getting the best overall gaming performance from an older system. Naturally I'm looking at RAM first, if more will help. I'm Debating an upgrade to 2GB or more.

 

IE: Answered with the previous answer.

 

I currently have two sticks of CMX512-3200XLPRO. I was going to buy two additional sticks to match the two I have. Due to revision issues being mentioned and or posts where you guys have said four sticks will run slower than just two, even if it is more memory, I now think that is a bad idea for gaming- right?

 

IE: Answered with the previous answer.

And to add to that yes 2 modules would run better than 4 modules because of loading on the chipset.

 

The memory configurator recommends TWINX2048-3200C2PT which is 2GB. I think that is the set and the amount of RAM I've seen you recommend most for this MB. I just don't know if thats because it's the only RAM for this MB that's still made or if it's because it is what's best in it.

 

IE: Diba Din Po or As answered previously.

 

The questions:

Will I notice a $100+ worth of performance increase going from the sticks I have (1GB) to the above stick (2GB) or even more with this system, for gaming?

 

This part I maybe could have elaborated on but its really a mute point is why I did not.

And yes in some game you will see better game performance with 2 Gig of slower memory than with one gig of fast memory. For example Battlefield 2 will show about a 20-30% increase in the game performance because of the way it loads maps.

 

So the best choice is to replace what you have with one set of Twinx2048-3200C2 modules and its the only choice. However you might find someone selling an old set of XL's and I would caution you that our warranty only covers the orginal purchaser.

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You are more than welcome and please let me know if you have any more questions!

 

Actually I do have another question. In the boot screen, it says it is running at DDR 400. Is that the correct speed for the configuration I have?

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Actually I do have another question. In the boot screen, it says it is running at DDR 400. Is that the correct speed for the configuration I have?

 

Socket 939 platforms (and other recent AMD platforms) are relatively immune to fairly large deficiencies in memory speed bandwidth due to their memory controller being on the CPU die. So, you could even run memory at a fairly slow DDR266 on your system without significantly reducing overall system performance.

 

The use of four sticks of memory on your system, however, would force the use of a 2T command rate on your CPU's memory controller. Command rate is not a memory setting, but a memory controller setting. On AMD platforms the use of 2T instead of 1T would reduce performance more than even a simple memory clock speed drop from DDR400 to DDR266.

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