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#1 shashman

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 03:50 PM

If I mix different brands of RAM memory, will it destroy the computer or either of the memory sticks?

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 03:54 PM

No...but the sticks still should be the same speed and have the same timings to avoid instability issues
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Posted 14 June 2010 - 03:55 PM

Shouldn't cause any issues. I've done it before. It's recommended to use matching sticks and I've heard that it's preferable to use sticks from the same batch. Try to match them up as best you can. If you install different speeds you can expect them to run at the slower speed, but in most cases they'll still perform.

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:20 PM

no same speeds, ive got pc2 5300, but ive got different brands centon and pna. So can I mix those? Both are DDR2

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:40 PM

As mentioned above you should be fine, I've mixed brands as well with no problems.

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 10:02 PM

For optimom performance, all memory sticks should be the same brand, voltage, speed, and timings. However, mixing and matching, as long as theyre the correct type for the computer, should be fine, Though I would focus primarily on A: speed, and B: voltage. They should all be the same speed and as you said they are which is good-and voltage. In fact, I would say voltage is the number one thing, in the case of speed and timings, the computer will automatically default to the slower speed and timings, however, mixing voltages is the number one cause of instability in my experience. It doesnt always cause instability, especially with name brand memory, but often, especially with the lower end brands-if you throw in a stick designed to run at 2.2v with a stick made to run at 1.8v, that is where you can cause issues. Not necessarily, but can. I would just make sure both types of memory are on your motherboards support list first, or at least the voltage is roughly the same (should be on a sticker on the ram)

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