TWO GB 1066 or FOUR GB 667?

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For an all-around AM2 box (X2 Brisbane 3600+ placeholding....awaiting
Agena/Barcelona  K8l/K10), which is better?

The first package contains 2 GB of DDR2 with those nifty new Promos
chips; they like high voltage, but I've never seen such low timings on
DDR2 before:
Timing      4-4-3-5
Voltage     2.0V - 2.1V
Numerous reviews say these babies will clock beyond DDR2 1000 with
tight timings (at 2.3V)
Brand      G.SKILL
Model     F2-6400CL4D-2GBHK
Price for a pair of gigs: $150.

 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual
Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    Price: $189.99
    Sale Price: $149.99


The second deal lets me buy twice as much RAM (4 GB) for about $165,
albeit slower.  CAS speed is listed as "5", so I'm guessing  it's
timed 5-5-5-15, but because it's Micron modules used by Crucial,
voltage should be about 1.9V.
Brand     Crucial
Model     CT12864AA667

Crucial Technology
Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) System Memory -
    Original Price: $50.99
    You Save: $10.00

So, for a gaming, HTPC, audio/video-editing, folding, rendering, do-it-
all box, which road would you take?  2 gigs of FAST RAM or 4 gigs of
slightly slower  RAM?

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BTW, forgot to mention -- I'll be running the X2 CPU @ 9.5 x 333 FSB

Re: TWO GB 1066 or FOUR GB 667?

Andy Gullans says...

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4GB of slightly slower. The speed differential of the faster RAM will
never make up for the difference between 2GB and 4GB.

Remember though, you'll need a 64bit OS.


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Thanks -- that's what I figured.  Can anyone think of a good reason
for going the other route?

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On 1 May 2007 16:19:28 -0700, Andy Gullans

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Sure, if you wanted to use 32 bit WinXP, or your jobs don't
need over 2GB of memory but one of their bottlenecks is
memory throughput.

Odds are you will benefit more from 4GB in the long run,

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