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I'm currently running one stick of 512 DDR 3200 memory.

The Mach Speed socket 478 mother board supports dual channel memory.

Since the print is real small in the Friendly Manual :) , I haven't picked
through all the BIOS details.


How is Dual channel memory set up?

How is single channel memory set up?

Is there a huge advantage for dual channel in such applications
as decrypting video, burning dvd and other intensive multimedia
applications? Or would configuring 2 512Mb sticks as 1024 be a
better choice?
 

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dual channel capabilities are achieved when you install two matching sticks (same stick maker and model #) into a dual channel capable mobo.

dual channel is alot better perfroming than single channel. A system with two matching sticks of 512 memory running in dual channel mode = 1024mb / will smoke a system running one stick of memory or a mismatched pair of 512 sticks running on single channel mode.

in order to achieve dual channel mode though / i strongly advise you buy whats often refered to a dual channel kit. Look on crucial, corsair, or ocz websites and use their memory selector system to find memory sticks that are compatible with your system / getting dual channel performance is alittle more challenging than achieving single channel performance. but the challenge is removed by using the memory selectors at the websites.

I would not advise attempting to buy another stick with the same model number as the one you have unless you are able to find your existing stick listed in the QVL (qulaified vendor list) for your mobo

once you have found a model number that works in dual channel mode / go to ebay and research it for prices for a two piece kit.

if you have any questions / dont hesitate to ask

regards

joe
 

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Whelp,

I am one of those who thinks I'm getting overcharged if
a stick of memory costs more than $20.


Your tips are good ones though and so I have another
question: Do those dual channel kits go through any
testing for matchup?


I think I'll be running one stick for awhile... maybe
until next build.


The mem type I have is Ultra which was part of a
bundle with cpu and motherboard. Motherboard is
a Mach Speed X-Caliber 478 w. Celeron cpu.
 
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