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I understand that having 1 gig of ram on one stick allows you to upgrade without having to take any RAM away (as opposed to two 512s) -
but I've heard conflicting reports as to what you should do with an iMac - - I've heard the dual channel action with 2 is faster than using simply one - - -

What do you suggest when customizing an iMac?? The upgrade to 1 gig - (whether 2 512s or 1 gig) is the same price.
Whats the best choice??

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2 512s are always faster due to dual channel but u haveto weigh that against future upgradeabiloity.

u have to conside that for any pc.

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So what would you do?

do both chips have to be equal? Can I have a 1 Gig and put in another 512?

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For ram to be in dual channel mode, they need to be equal in memory size. You *can* have a 1GB stick and put in another 512, but it will be in single channel mode due to the differing memory sizes.

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So- - if you were customizing an iMac and wanted 1 gig RAM, would you go with 1 1gig stick or 2 512s? Is there a significant speed difference in dual channel mode?

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I went with 2x512

1) Cheaper
2) Faster
3) Ill just buy 2x1gb when i really need it

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but its not cheaper - - 2 512s are the same price as 1 1gig!
So is it really that much faster with 2 512s?? I dont know!! someone please tell me!

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I found a PDF on dual channel RAM that sounded interesting, if it helps at all:
http://www.kingston....Rwhitepaper.pdf

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My view on it is this:

2x512 is possibly cheaper, and definatly faster. But one day im gonna want to have 2gb of ram. So if i have 2x512 sticks, I have one more stick to sell.

I also have 2 sticks which wont likely go wrong at the same time, still leaving me with some RAM while i wait for the new ram to arrive.

I spose its just personal taste.





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