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Charles Ferran
Upgrading Ram, difference between 1gb/2gbs/4gbs per stick?
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:04:23 pm

I didn't know where else to ask this and since I'm upgrading for AE I thought this was the place. I have gotten my superiors to approve 8 extra gbs of RAM on top of my 2 already in the machine. I can either get 4 - 2gb sticks, or 2 - 4gb sticks. Is there a performance difference? is there any advantage either way? Thanks...

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Dave Johnson
Re: Upgrading Ram, difference between 1gb/2gbs/4gbs per stick?
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:37:07 pm

Only an IT guy can tell you the realistically insignificant performance difference that might (very doubtfully) exist so the main consideration is that its generally best to get the largest RAM capacity currently available per stick.

The reason is future expansion ... if, for example, your machine has 4 slots and you fill them all with 2Gb sticks to get 8Gb, then you decide to go to 16Gb a year from now, those four 2Gb sticks become garbage. However, if you fill two slots with 4Gb sticks to get 8Gb today, you can just buy two more 4Gb sticks a year from now.


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Charles Ferran
Re: Upgrading Ram, difference between 1gb/2gbs/4gbs per stick?
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:58:15 pm

that was my thinking too, I was just worried there might be some kind of unforeseen (to me anyway) consequences later down the road. Thanks for the input.

Charles Ferran
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Jako Krull
Re: Upgrading Ram, difference between 1gb/2gbs/4gbs per stick?
on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:13:27 pm

Well 4 GB sticks cost alot more then 2 GB sticks at the moment , so upgrading to 16 GB a year later will problaby come cheaper then buying two 4 GB sticks right away.


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