is it true that single ram perform good.......?

India
May 24, 2008 9:53am CST
i have a 512 mb ram in my computer i want to upgrade it to 1 gb ram so what should i do. should i purchase 512 more ram or new 1 gb ram my firends says that single ram perform good and 2 part of ram like 512+512= 1gb will perform low.
4 responses
@LaHire (164)
• India
24 May 08
there are 2 advantages of 1 stick over 2 1. as abv said you get empty socket for next upgrade 2. well 1 stick has all memory blocks joint... so if a program is using many contiguous blocks... the 1 gb stick would provide it easily!! plus 1gb stick is some 40$ for DDR1 here and 512 is 32$ so even i would say go for 1 gb!!
• India
24 May 08
i purchaded 512mb ram and thought later i add 512mb more ram but now for speed i have to purchase 1gb of ram.
• Philippines
25 May 08
It depend's on your software application and computer configuration. If your using it for photoshop purpose then it's better that you use 2 512mb cause it will enough for your work and cheaper, plus if one of your ram give up you will be abble to work on your photoshop even with 512 mb. But if your upgrading an os like going to vista or application like premier or final cut, then you have to buy 1 stick 1gb cause you'll be needing another slot for adds-on etc...etc...But if your going to a software like 3d max or other 3d application, upgrade your computer...
• India
25 May 08
512 mb ram with pentium 3ghz is enough for photoshop but some time i have to use some filter 2 or 3 time for better effect that time it will take time and i don't know why there is little bit diffrent between 1gb ram and it's half 512 mb ram.
• Malaysia
25 May 08
I think your friend is trying to stop your PC from performing better. Where did he get the idea that 2 RAMs are slower than a single RAM? Try to ask him how many RAMs his computer has?. The idea of RAM is to store cache files (temporary memory) for so that the processor can process it faster without going to far into the hard disk to find out. So the processor can easily fetch the temporary stored files from the RAMs. However RAMs actually work almost like Hard disk if the space getting larger. Which means it is going to be harder for the processor to find where the files are because it is so large that making it difficult to find. So in order to get a larger RAMs i mean more RAMs like you are trying to do. You must have a Pentium that is capable of processing that bigger space RAMs. Otherwise it would be wasted for you because the RAMs will not fully utilized to its full capacity. Therefore you need to match your processor speed and the amount of RAMs space that suit the speed in order for them both fully performing at the highest level.
• India
25 May 08
your response give me a idea tomorrow i takeout my friends ram stick(he has same stick) and fix in my computer for some time and check performance first i will run some heavy application with single ram and see how much it takes time.i will try to arrange 1gb of ram for my computer for checking this type of thing takes time but increase your computing experience.
@LaHire (164)
• India
25 May 08
who said its slower..... :O the only thing is... when you require contigous memory blocks in large amount.... which is actually taken by windows OS for its functioning... then 1 gb single is better than 512mb 2 sticks...!!
@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
24 May 08
Sometimes 2 sticks of ram are good if you want performance. But if you need more RAM because your PC is already running slower than usual when a number of applications are open, single or double sticks would be fine. It's the total amount which matters of that's the case. However, if you want real speed, you can use 2 sticks and interleave them. 2 512MB sticks will still be at 512MB but your PC will use both sticks to store and retrieve data faster as it alternates between the 2. Much like how RAID hard drives work. I'm not sure if there is still some today. I haven't seen a lot of people use RAM this way. Maybe because RAMs today are much faster.
• India
24 May 08
if 2 stick of ram perform like raid drive so better i purchase single stick of 1 gb ram raid hard drive is too slow.
• Philippines
24 May 08
That would be good. Also, one stick give better opportunities for upgrading since you save one more RAM slot on your motherboard and can always have another 1GB of RAM installed. It also depends on the entire machine though. but for now, I say you can go ahead and get the single stick.
@Xes210 (295)
• Australia
2 Jun 10
It depends on you if you want to have two 512MB ram then they will have to have the same clock speed to run properly.However if your computer has more than two ram slots it would be better to max out your computers ram,The max ram that windows xp recoginzies is 3GB and the max windows vista and windows 7 Regonize is 16GB.I would recommand you max out your systems ram