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Upgrade info conflicts with Dell? Who to beleive?


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#1 rsssmoore

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:22 AM

My first and only laptop so far is a Dell E1705/9400 running Win XP Pro SP3..CPU T2400(Yonah)Core Duo 1.83ghz x11..i945PM chipset..1mb (2x 512mb)PC2-4300DDR2(533mhz)..FSB Rated 667mhz clock 166mhz..CPUID shows DRAM Frequency at 266mhz ea chip FSB DRAM 5:8 and Latency #s 4-4-4-11. Anyway with that mouthfull said I simply wanted to spend a small amount of money and upgrade a bit but as most things that I do I kept researching and learning and found myself at this point. The way I see it 1mb increase will help and while I am at it a little speed would not hurt either. My analysis points to pc2-5300 667mhz 2 @ 1mb matched for dual channel. Other memory providers (Crucial)etc agree but Dell says pc2-6400 800mhz 2 @ 1mb. I think for th extra bucks this is not worth what bandwith and downclock to 667mhz? I know I am a noob at this but Dollars and SENSE. I am only an average user no gamer what is frugal and wise here.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:38 AM

Faster memory means faster access to everything in memory. So IMO if you can afford the faster memory and it is compatable with your laptop then go for it.
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 01:35 PM

Ok, but why is pc-6400-800mhz faster than pc-5300-667mhz in my application. All I see with my limited knowledge here is bandwidth? Is that worth $60.00. In this scenario I feel Crucial is not just trying to sell me something like Dell. Am I missing something here?

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 02:26 PM

well, If all your using it for is surfing the web and watching movies, then the 533 mhz ram will do everything you need it to, but if you do any programs like microsoft office or powerpoint, or do a lot of multi tasking, the 800 mhz ram will make a noticeable difference. The thing to keep an eye out, if your replacing both the sticks in your system, then with 800 mhz or 533 mhz it makes do difference, they will both be a matched set so its your call. If you just upgrade one stick, then its important to mach it up, the faster ram will always downgrade to the lower speed ram. But my opinion is, if your not using that computer for anything to intensive, teh 533 mhz ram will do you fine.

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