Hi, i'm running XP Home with 2 GB of Kingston DDR2 RAM installed i wish to take a stick out ( only 2 slots) and put 2GB in one slot and leave the other with a 1GB installed, as XP only recognises 3GB. My query is: Does it matter if you install buffered and unbuffered RAM in? I dont understand the buffered and unbuffered description, also am i better sticking with Kingston RAM, or can you Mix and Match and Branded Ram. Many thanks in advance.
With XP, which will (just) work with 256MB of RAM.
Additions to the RAM, upto 1.5GB will show noticeable differences in the response time of your PC and almost reduce it's use of Virtual Memory to zero.
Once you get beyond the 2GB level, most of our minds are unable to perceive any difference, but it is measurable, if you are using Image Intensive Software such as CAD or manipulating Images within Movies. While doing another task.
I doubt even the most avid Gamer could really tell.