help regarding my RAM memory slot | single/dual channel support

rehannshaikh5

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Hello folks, I'm new to linux and tbh I'm really in love with it. I'll continue using it
okay now I'm coming to the problem. I have this 7 years old intel celeron machine which i have to keep using untill next one year atleast, so I have decided to upgrade it. It has 2gb ram in it. I am thinking to add a SSD and increase RAM. I want to know what would be better for me in order to make the performance bearable? A 2gb or a 4gb ram???? I have heard about dual channel and how it is needed 2 sticks of same frequencies and sizes to enable dual channel. Please look into my memory stats and tell me if it supports dual channel or not. Also suggest about the best ram size to choose for better performance.


Here are my stats-----
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 2.7 present.

Handle 0x0005, DMI type 5, 24 bytes
Memory Controller Information
Error Detecting Method: None
Error Correcting Capabilities:
None
Supported Interleave: One-way Interleave
Current Interleave: One-way Interleave
Maximum Memory Module Size: 8192 MB
Maximum Total Memory Size: 32768 MB
Supported Speeds:
Other
Supported Memory Types:
Other
Memory Module Voltage: Unknown
Associated Memory Slots: 4
0x0006
0x0007
0x0008
0x0009
Enabled Error Correcting Capabilities:
None

Handle 0x0006, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: DIMM0
Bank Connections: None
Current Speed: Unknown
Type: DIMM
Installed Size: Not Installed
Enabled Size: Not Installed
Error Status: OK

Handle 0x0007, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: DIMM1
Bank Connections: None
Current Speed: Unknown
Type: DIMM
Installed Size: Not Installed
Enabled Size: Not Installed
Error Status: OK

Handle 0x0008, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: DIMM1
Bank Connections: None
Current Speed: Unknown
Type: DIMM
Installed Size: 2048 MB (Single-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Single-bank Connection)
Error Status: OK

Handle 0x0009, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: DIMM3
Bank Connections: None
Current Speed: Unknown
Type: DIMM
Installed Size: Not Installed
Enabled Size: Not Installed
Error Status: OK

Handle 0x001A, DMI type 16, 23 bytes
Physical Memory Array
Location: System Board Or Motherboard
Use: System Memory
Error Correction Type: None
Maximum Capacity: 32 GB
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Number Of Devices: 4

Handle 0x001B, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
Memory Device
Array Handle: 0x001A
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Total Width: Unknown
Data Width: Unknown
Size: No Module Installed
Form Factor: DIMM
Set: None
Locator: DIMM0
Bank Locator: BANK 0
Type: Unknown
Type Detail: Unknown
Speed: Unknown
Manufacturer: Empty
Serial Number: Empty
Asset Tag: Unknown
Part Number: Empty
Rank: Unknown
Configured Memory Speed: Unknown

Handle 0x001C, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
Memory Device
Array Handle: 0x001A
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Total Width: Unknown
Data Width: Unknown
Size: No Module Installed
Form Factor: DIMM
Set: None
Locator: DIMM1
Bank Locator: BANK 1
Type: Unknown
Type Detail: Unknown
Speed: Unknown
Manufacturer: Empty
Serial Number: Empty
Asset Tag: Unknown
Part Number: Empty
Rank: Unknown
Configured Memory Speed: Unknown

Handle 0x001D, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
Memory Device
Array Handle: 0x001A
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Total Width: 64 bits
Data Width: 64 bits
Size: 2048 MB
Form Factor: SODIMM
Set: None
Locator: DIMM1
Bank Locator: BANK 2
Type: DDR3
Type Detail: Synchronous
Speed: 1333 MT/s
Manufacturer: Unknown
Serial Number: 0F2FCE0F
Asset Tag: Unknown
Part Number: HMT325S6BFR8C-H9
Rank: 1
Configured Memory Speed: 1333 MT/s

Handle 0x001E, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
Memory Device
Array Handle: 0x001A
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Total Width: Unknown
Data Width: Unknown
Size: No Module Installed
Form Factor: DIMM
Set: None
Locator: DIMM3
Bank Locator: BANK 3
Type: Unknown
Type Detail: Unknown
Speed: Unknown
Manufacturer: Empty
Serial Number: Empty
Asset Tag: Unknown
Part Number: Empty
Rank: Unknown
Configured Memory Speed: Unknown
 
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arochester

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That machine normally comes with 4Gb installed and can take a maximum of 8Gb,

You need 4 GB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz 204 Pin Memory --- possibly 2 units.

They seem quite cheap. In the UK you can buy one unit for £8.00.

One point about using dissimilar RAM is that it will run at the speed of the lower speed unit.
 
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rehannshaikh5

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That machine normally comes with 4Gb installed and can take a maximum of 8Gb,

You need 4 GB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz 204 Pin Memory --- possibly 2 units.

They seem quite cheap. In the UK you can buy one unit for £8.00.

One point about using dissimilar RAM is that it will run at the speed of the lower speed unit.
So I'll have one 2gb spare ram which will nowhere be used. Also a 4GB stick in my country is around £21. Two units will make £42. That will be out of my budget.

I have just two options--

1) I add one more 2gb ram, which will make it 4gb in total and ram wont be dissimilar.

2) I add a 4GB ram which will make it 6gb in total (2+4).

Which one between the both do you consider better to go for???
 

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G'day @rehannshaikh5 and welcome to linux.org :)

I am moving this Thread to Linux Hardware where it is better placed.

All participants and readers are notified.

Good luck

Chris Turner
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thank you. So if I add 2gb extra to make it of the same size, it will outperform 2gb+4gb combo??
I don't know about "out-perform", but the extra RAM on the larger module won't be seen. Some BIOS's let you take the the RAM out of interleave mode. If you can't turn off interleave mode, you will need 2+2, or 4+4.
 


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