Hi there. I currently have 1GB of RAM (2X512) and am looking to upgrade to 2GB. My computer only has 2 banks, so unfortunately I have to replace it all.
Now I have a pretty good idea of what my motherboard will take. I currently have PC3200... and I know I can put in PC2100, PC2700 or PC3200.
I've recently been reading up online trying to get a better handle on what these actually mean, aside from "bigger is better".
I'm running an Althon XP 2800+, MB: ECS-KM400a.
I've used CPU-Z to detect my computers performance, and it says my BUS speed is 135Mhz, rated at 270Mhz..
Now, through my limited experince and what I've read, it seems that although my current RAM is supposedly 400Mhz (PC3200) that anything beyong 266Mhz (PC2100, I believe??) isn't going to help. Is this correct? I was under the impression that you're losing out on processing if your ram is slower than your bus, but I can't find anything suggesting I would have a benefit with RAM faster than my bus.
I'm just wondering because if I won't get the benefits of PC3200 RAM, than I can probably save a couple bucks going to PC2100...
One last question... I've heard that RAM is backwards compatible... ie: I could run PC4200 ram, although obviously it wouldn't run that fast. Is there a limit to this? Could I actually run PC6400 RAM, if it's 184 PIN? Just wondering in case I came across a good deal on faster RAM....
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to give as much info as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,