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Old 9th September, 2004, 08:05 AM
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memmory question?? i forgot.

hi all!!
while shopping for some memmory (1 gig) i noticed a befuddling wall of choises! would i be better off getting realy good pc3200 (ozc @ 2-3-2-5-1 for $240.00 U.S.) or bargin pc3500 (pqi @ 2.5-3-3-7-? for $189.00 U.S.) if i go with the pc3500 and underclock it would i be able to "tighten" up the timings to 2-3-2-5 to match the more expensive ozc? or even pqi pc3700 @ 3-4-4-8 for $211.00 U.S. if underclocking the mem would do this it would be great!!!
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The first question to ask is "What mobo are you running?" This will have a major impact on the choice of memory to use.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 04:50 PM
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Some high speed memory can run tighter timings at slower speeds, others cannot.

I have very cheap twinmos that I bought earlier in the year. 2x 256 PC3200. They run 2.5-3-3-7... That's as good as they get, at 200mhz - 228mhz. Pretty amazing.
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Old 9th September, 2004, 06:09 PM
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my m/b

hi Giz
i am running a MSI km2m combo not a new or fast board, but i have had pc3500 in this board while testing a strip of ozc for my friend, he thought it was bad mem but it worked fine on this old workhorse,even though it only supports a 266fsb. right now i am running one strip of pc2100(256megs) and one strip of pc2700(512 megs) and everything works fine.
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If you are running 266 FSB, then I would tend to think that anything over PC2700 would be overkill, and you will be unlikely to be able to tighten up the timings significantly anyway. 266 FSB is PC2100, BTW.
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i know its overkill but i would reather only buy it once so if i get pc3200 or 3500 i will be able to use it on a future system thats faster.
i was just wondering if "slow" lat.settings on fast mem could be made "tighter" by "slowing"the mem down in essence flip-floping it.
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Not usually. PC3500, from I understand can SOMETIMES be tightened up at lower speeds. Most of the faster memory is optimized for high bus speed, not low latency. Oddly enough, the things that make memory work good one way tend to work against it when working the other way, so even if you bought PC5000 memory rated at 3-6-6-12, you probably wouldn't be able to get it to run much faster than 3-4-4-8 even at PC3200 speeds.
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