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Old 12-16-00, 12:14 AM
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I just picked up a Kingston 128MB RAM from www.outpost.com (free overnight shipping, $49.95 after $20 mail in), and replaced one of my 64MB cards with the 128MB, giving me 192 MB of RAM. Is it worth while to pick up another 128MB card to take me up to 256, or is that just overkill?????? I'm not networking, just surfing and playing games (some on-line), along with a little bit of work related stuff...Will I benefit from 256MB RAM as opposed to 192MB for what I'm using my computer for??

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Old 12-16-00, 12:31 AM
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If you are running windows 98 or 98se, you will not notice the difference between 192 and 256 unless you run something like photoshop with large images.

If you have win2k pro, you will notice a difference.
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some not much. it also depends on the operating system- i believe that win 2000 will see some speed up with 256MB of ram but win 98/ME will see little speed difference. the big difference might be if you go from cas3 memory and get cas 2 memory. I bet 4KRG will have even more info . i believe that memory was value ram which will only do cas 3 at pc100 you might get lucky but i doubt it-unless this was another deal on ram i missed
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Old 12-16-00, 12:46 AM
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Ok, so I'm a dumb-ass again, but what is the downside of "valueRAM". That IS what I got, so am I NOT getting the full affect by using ValueRAM??
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it is not that you are not getting the full effect- it is fine memory but you can buy memory that will be faster. I am using some value ram now. I will be replacing it with some faster ram that will allow me to change some settings in my bios to speed up slightly the performance of my computer. for the price value ram is better than most if not all generic ram you could get and you got a good price for it.

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What's valueRAM?
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valueram is kingston's retail ram sold thru staples and other stores. this compares to pny ram.
dvdsteve2000- it seems that outpost shipped two types of ram. some with nanya chips on them and some with infineon chips on them. they are both supposed to be pc133 memory at cas3. however, nanya was hit or miss with some saying they did not run at pc133 cas3 at all. the infineon chips seemed to be far better with some of them working at pc133 cas 2 speeds. you might have really received some good memory this was better than pc100

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You could set Windows to auto size your swap file. Then run everything you normally run. See how large of a swap file win makes. If it's pretty large, you could benefit from more ram. If it is pretty insignificant, you probably wont notice anything with new ram.
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infineon ram are very good. )

i have a single sided 128mb infineon and it runs at 140mhz 2-2-2, and 150mhz 2-2-2 when i/o voltage set to 3.6v.
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gcribbs-

The ValueRAM is PC133 cas3. Thanks for the info!!
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I ordered two sticks of the Kingston Valueram as well and both sticks have Infineon chips. This is top notch RAM for the price if you ask me. Guaranteed for life by Kingston as well. A good deal.
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Dvdsteve2000- good for you what a deal!! Just so you know some infineon dimms are getting cas 2 at 133 try it or use sandra and see if it tests the dimm at cas 2 for you. this would give you a small speed increase over cas3
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I recently added a second 128 MB SDRAM to bring the system up to a quarter gigabyte. Paid about $56 for 128 MB PC-133 generic RAM at tufshop.com. Found the add for this on pricewatch.com.

After adding the RAM I ran up Windows' System Monitor utility and set it to display Physical RAM in use and Swap File in Use. Right after boot up the system showed about 130 MB RAM in use. I then proceeded to go online for e-mail and web browsing. In this mode the system runs IE 5.5 with several windows open, Outlook Eggspress, Windows Eggsplorer and a file viewing utility. Available physical RAM dropped down to about 40 MB. At no time did Windows actually utilize the swap file. This was on Windows Me. Other versions of Windows should give similar results. I tried shutting down all the background tasks that load up when Windows boots but this only freed up about 5 MB.

Conclusions:
- The more RAM you install the more RAM Windows Me loads into until it eats up about 128 MB.

- Anything above 128 MB is available for applications.

- A quarter GB is enough RAM to keep Windows from using the swap file for most basic use. This is a good thing.

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