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Need help deciding between two OCZ Platinum kits


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#1 sebaz

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:46 PM

I thought that my motherboard (Intel D975XBX2) had a top of 4 GB of RAM, but later I found out that 8 GB is the maximum, which makes me feel foolish for having bought the extra 2 GB a while ago because now I have 4 GB in four modules that I'll have to pull out to put the 8 GB in their place.

After seeing what's available for my budget (no more than $100) I'm trying to decide between two OCZ Platinum kits. One is an 8 GB kit (http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memo...atinum_quad_kit) and the other one is sold as a 4 GB kit with two 2 GB modules (http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memo...d_bandwidth_4gb). Although I would assume it's dual channel, the 8 GB kit doesn't say so anywhere in that page. The 4 GB kit does say that it's dual channel, but also that it has "enhanced bandwidth".

So if anybody who reads this has a first hand experience with these two models and the Intel D975 chipset, please let me know if they are a good choice. I would also like to know if the 4 GB kit with the enhanced bandwidth gives a noticeable speed increase over the other kit, and in case it does if it sacrifices stability. Stability is more important to me than speed.

Finally, there's also an 8 GB kit in the Gold series, but I believe the Platinum series is better than the Gold, am I correct?

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 07:02 PM

Well...do you realize that running a 32-bit O/S (such as XP Home/Pro) allows a user a max of 4GB of RAM utilization?

If you are running a 64-bit O/S...then you would be able to use more than 4GB.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 07:33 PM

Well...do you realize that running a 32-bit O/S (such as XP Home/Pro) allows a user a max of 4GB of RAM utilization?

If you are running a 64-bit O/S...then you would be able to use more than 4GB.

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Oh, I've been using Vista 64 bit since I installed the 4 GB. The limit I was talking about was because somewhere in the Intel website there was an error stating that this motherboard had a max RAM of 4 GB, but later I found out it was 8.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 12:11 AM

well, their both nearly identical, the second one has slightly better timings, but thats it. If I had to choose between the two it would be the second set because the lower timings. OCZ makes good memory, I dont think youd be sorry either way you went, though OCZ can be kinda pricey. Here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820220354 is what I use in my system, works very well and is cheaper then most OCZ memory, and I find Patriot quality to be A++ I put it in all my builds. Just throwin ya another option though, OCZ is excellent stuff. :D

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