I have a Asus A7n8x mobo and have 1 stick of 512mb of 3200 ddr memory. I was thinking of getting more memory to use dual channel mode. But should i buy 2x256mb to fill up the other 2 slots or buy 1 stick of 512?
Cheers for the fast reply, would it still run in dual mode though? would the bios register that i'm trying to run dual channel mode or would it just think single channel, but at least its 1gb of memory?
In my Manual it says "To enhance system performance, utilize dual-channel features when installing additional DIMMS. You may install the DIMS in the following sequence: sockets 1&3 or 2&3 or 1,2&3" what i want to know is would 2x256 and my 512 work in dual channel or can i only use 2 512mb's to get it?
For dual channel you must have two identical sticks (same mb and speed), preferably by the same manufacturer as well.
You will also find that you usually have to use slots 1 and 3, rather than 1 and 2. This may depend on your mobo, if you have the install instructions check them. Otherwise take a deko at the Asus website and download a manual, if they do one.
The Asus is very picky with ram. To run dual memory buy another 512Mb stick exact same as you already have. Or you can buy 2x256Mb sticks I think its the 512Mb in Socket 1 and the 2 x 256 in sockets 2&3.
Did have a 512Mb Corsair but would not work with 2 x 256Mb Twinx sticks[yet it will in an MSI NForce2board]
Just make sure you can swap out memory before you buy it.