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Old 09-03-2006, 05:39 PM   #1
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Want to upgrade ram chips

I am currently looking to upgrade my ram. I have been told to get pc2100 (or higher) 133mhz ddr chips. Can I use a higher mhz, such as 266, 400 etc? Do my two ram chips need to have the same ratings or can they be different?
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Just to be safe, use only what you KNOW will work. I've tried installing RAM that did not meet the board specifications, and I nearly set the computer on fire (i.e. the RAM chips overheated and nearly melted).
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Use whatever your motherboard is spec'ed to support.
Old 09-03-2006, 08:07 PM   #4
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My recommendation: use similar chips, and make sure that your mobo supports them.

While it's possible to use one stick of <some speed> RAM and other stick of <another speed> RAM, the issue is that your system is only as fast as the slowest component. In other words, if you have a slow stick and a faster stick, the effective speed will be the slow stick. As a result, you are not getting the performance you paid for out of that stick, therefore, there's no point in buying it.

Personally I suggest using the same RAM sticks (same make and model)


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