Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:22 PM
Now that my aging desktop is back up and running, I was thinking of doing some cheap but hopefully efficient upgrades... namely RAM
Currently, I have a M2N-MX SE Plus mobo, running XP - 32bit.
According to the specs, this mobo will handle 2 2GB RAM modules in slots A and B, for a total of 4GB. It can use 533, 667, 800, or 1066MHz nonECC unbuffered modules.
Currently, I have 2GB RAM, dual channel.
I want to increase the speed of the computer. However, I understand that XP will only recognize up to 3GB of RAM.
So, I initially thought I could just purchase one 2GB module and put it in, for a total of 3GB, but I've read that both modules should be identical when running dual channel. So, I'm considering getting 2 2GB modules anyway.
I have some questions though, before I go looking for modules. Hopefully, someone can explain them simply enough for me to understand:)
From what I can see, I have 2 1GB Hynix RAM modules. The stickers say 1GB 2Rx8 PC2-4200U 444 12.
From what I understand, and from reading the specs on this module (HYMP512U64BP8 C4), it is a DDR2 - 533MHz, with 1.8 Voltage, and a latency of
All I know is that I want DDR2, preferably 800MHz or 1066MHz.
1. Should both modules be identical in specs? ie Mhz & GB?
2. What is more important to a computer's speed: MHz or GB?
3. What should I be looking for in voltage? higher or lower, or the same?
4. Any conflicts between my plan of 800 or 1066Mhz and the rest of my system?
My system is as follows:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ / 2.2 GHz
Data bus speed 2000.0 MHz
2.0GB (4GB Max)
Any suggestions on specs, or better yet, make and models, would be highly appreciated.