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    4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared


    DDR2 SDRAM prices began dropping significantly last summer as the world prepared for DDR3-only Core i7 platforms, culminating in todayís ultra-low-priced, four-gigabyte dual-channel kits. For as little as $25, users of this older technology can step up to memory levels that had been reserved for only the upper echelon of last-yearís buyers.
    Who needs 4.0 GB RAM? At these prices, does it really matter? Most systems eventually get clogged up with rarely used programs such as second or third instant messengers, redundant spyware blockers, and other once-useful tools that have become parasites while users, still mindful of the programís former effectiveness, often donít want to bother removing. The accumulation of junk can affect any operating system.


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    4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared : Introduction - Tom's Hardware

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    That is a great read nigel.......

    i think RAM is arguably the biggest deciding factor over how your PC runs, & at the price DDR2 is these days its a MUST to fill your board to capacity, this i7 DDR3 era has allowed the DDR2 user to benifit from some AMAZING prices & the icing on the cake is the fact that DDR2 is still in its prime!!!!

    you can never have too much RAM, especially with vista...

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    good read. Although im suprised they didnt sample corsair's xms2c4. Ive stuck with the same corsair 'c4' ram for a few years now since i dont like overclocking, the 4-4-4-12 timings on the corsair make it appealing despite the price tag.

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    4GB kit for $25...I wish it was the equivalent price in England

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    PNY PC6400 4GB(2x2GB) 800MHz DDR2 240pin DIMM at play.com for £24.99

    i just ordered the PNY 2GB(2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz for just £13.49 Whats dual channel memory all about?

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    Here's a good overview of DDR Ram as explained by SkunkSmash

    DDR RAM Explained

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    I just got my 2x2GB Corsair Dominators PC2-8500C5D's for $79.99 on newegg.com and it has a $40.00 MIR.. I also got 15% cashback with paypal.. so I ended up paying like $28.99 for the entire kit.

    they are currently running 1066 MHz with 5-5-4-15-22 and I've yet to try and overclock it. but I will soon. as I OC everything. lol

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    its fantastic , their practically giving away DDR2 in the UK , i remember getting 2GB of OCZ Platinum Edition DDR ram a few years ago for over £100!! i just bought 4 GB of 1600mhz OCZ DDR2 for half that!!

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    how can i find out if my mobo supports dual channel memory?

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    Re: 4GB Gets Cheap: 9 Dual-Channel Kits Compared

    From:
    Compaq / Hewlett Packard ( HP ) Presario SR5027UK - Memory ( RAM ) Upgrade from Orca Logic Ltd
    Memory Details for Compaq / Hewlett Packard ( HP ) Presario SR5027UK

    Standard Memory : 256MB or 512MB or 1GB or 2GB (Removable)
    Maximum Memory : 2GB
    Total Memory Slots : 2
    Memory Type : DDR2 PC2-4200 (533MHz) DIMM
    Notes : MODULES MAY BE INSTALLED ONE AT A TIME; however, they must be added in like pairs to take advantage of Dual Channel Mode.

    It looks like your PC can only take a maximum of 2GB at 533 (PC-4200)

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