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Q: Hi there, I was wondering if
you could just give me some brief advice. I am currently running a system with
an Epox 8RDA3+ motherboard with 512MB OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 memory. I am looking to
expand my memory up to 1GB as I will be needing it shortly. I don’t know whether
to sell this stick and purchase a matched pair or whether to just invest in
another OCZ stick of the same spec and run them dual that way. If I invest in a
new pair of sticks should I be looking at something with low latency because I
am running an Athlon? There are so many different types of RAM out there I just
don’t know. Basically I want to upgrade to the fastest 1GB of RAM that my mobo
will let me achieve. When I finally come to upgrade my board/processor I will be
probably get an Athlon 64, if that changes anything.
Adam. In your situation, buying a second stick of identical spec OCZ
memory would certainly give you the best value for your money, and this
would be the avenue that we'd recommend. If you do decide to go with
new memory, investing in a pair of low latency 2-2-2-5 modules will probably net
you somewhere in the area of a 5% performance increase with either
your old system or an Athlon 64-based PC. Most of the major
'enthusiast' memory manufacturers offer modules capable of this
specification, so you have plenty of choice!