Dual Channel vs. Single

IQJUMPuw

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Hello all

I have AXP 2000+ and Samsung 512MB PC2700 RAM. How much of an improvement will I get by upgrading to Nforce2 and 512MB PC2700 Dual Channel? I'm going to keep the CPU and video card.

Thanks in advance!
 

bigshooter

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It depends on what chipset you have now. The nforce2 is a fast chipset even in single channel mode. I think the performance of an nforce2 running in dual channel vs. nforce2 in single channel is 5-10% faster. Switching from an older chipset to an nforce 2 will probably result in a speed increase as well.
 

IQJUMPuw

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Holy crap! That's a big difference right there. What's an IGP anyways?

I have Gigabyte GA-7VRXP (KT333) right now. I've been more than happy with this motherboard. It's been rock stable and never gave me any kind of problems, but I got some money few days ago so I was wondering if I should just get another stick of RAM or upgrade a motherboard to get Dual Channel... Hmmm
 
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Originally posted by: IQJUMPuw

Holy crap! That's a big difference right there. What's an IGP anyways?

I have Gigabyte GA-7VRXP (KT333) right now. I've been more than happy with this motherboard. It's been rock stable and never gave me any kind of problems, but I got some money few days ago so I was wondering if I should just get another stick of RAM or upgrade a motherboard to get Dual Channel... Hmmm

IGP is "Integrated Graphics Processor" - the onboard video, essentially. Dual-channel makes a serious effect on the IGP performance.

If I were you, I'd just hang onto that KT333 and buy another stick of RAM. You'll get more gains, plus in the future you can always get an nF2+Barton combo and put both sticks to good use. :)

- M4H
 

IQJUMPuw

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Hmmm... I currently have:

Athlon XP 2000+
Samsung 256MB PC2700 "CTL" RAM (I just bought a Kingston 512MB PC2700 HyperX PC2700 RAM though)
PNY GeForce3 Ti200
Gigabyte GA-7VRXP
Western Digital 80GB Special Edition
SoundBlaster Audigy Gamer

So how much of an improvement am I looking at by upgrading to Nforce2 with 2 Sticks of 256MB PC2700 RAM?

5%? 10%?
 

microAmp

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Originally posted by: IQJUMPuw
Hmmm... I currently have:

Athlon XP 2000+
Samsung 256MB PC2700 "CTL" RAM (I just bought a Kingston 512MB PC2700 HyperX PC2700 RAM though)
PNY GeForce3 Ti200
Gigabyte GA-7VRXP
Western Digital 80GB Special Edition
SoundBlaster Audigy Gamer

So how much of an improvement am I looking at by upgrading to Nforce2 with 2 Sticks of 256MB PC2700 RAM?

5%? 10%?

Not enought to justify the price....
 

microAmp

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Your Gigabyte is a KT333 chipset, pretty good too. If you really want to spend some money I would upgrade that video card. That is if you play games.....
 

IQJUMPuw

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Yeah I love this motherboard. It's the best motherboard I ever bought. Better than Asus A7V266 and Epox 8KHA+. :)

I don't think I'll upgrade to Nforce2 yet. It costs too much and looks like I won't gain much performance. I've been looking for a cheap Ti4600 and Radeon 9500 Pro, but I can't seem to find any... :-/
 

IQJUMPuw

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Originally posted by: Trente
I would upgrade the Monitor...


BTW, is your gf part of the rig? ;)

HAHAHAHAHA~!!! She's not my girlfriend! She's just some singer I thought was very hot. That SIG is pretty old anyway. I switched back to MS IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, got myself a Cendyne 52x24x48 CDRW, and sold my Seagate 40GB HD. I basically stopped upgrading my computer a little over year ago.

I want to upgrade my monitor but my dad will notice that right away and yell at me for wasting my money on computer... :-( He's already yelled at me enough for getting a Kingwin case with CCFL's... hehe... I wanna upgrade something that my dad won't notice.
 

Fallengod

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Thats pretty crazy result in first one, but really nobody uses onboard video...or if they do, they arnt into fast pcs heh... Id be interested to see the difference on Intel Mobos with ddr400 vs dual ddr400. If anyone finds any benchmarks of that, they would be much appreciated. Like maybe one done on a Abit IS7 or Asus P4P800 board?
 

randumb

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Get a Radeon 9700 Non Pro if you're looking for a graphics upgrade. The Powercolor one on newegg is only $215.
 

jayman7

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I have:
P4P800 mobo
2.4c pentium 4
radeon 9700 pro
& one stick of kingston 512mb pc2700 value ram

Would upgrading the ram to one stick of kingston hyperx 512mb pc3200 make a difference?
 

Fallengod

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Yeah. If you got dual channel, I.E. 2 sticks of 3200 ddr ram for dual mode, you would prolly see a performance boost. But of course you need a cpu that does 800fsb also.