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    Question Best Performance?

    Ok guys here's one to get the opinions, I mean facts, flying.

    I just inherited a Dell 9100 with XP SP-3 Media Center Ed.
    The machine had 512Mb of DDR2 4200 memory at 266 MHz. (2-256Mb sticks)
    I had 2 sticks of 512Mb DDR2 5300 at 333MHz.

    The machine works fine with both memory sets installed but running the memory at 266MHz.

    My question is will I get better performance running with 1.5Gb at 266MHz or 1.0Gb running at 333MHz?

    Note: According to the specs both 266 & 333 MHz are supported.

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    I think you'll notice that extra 500MB of memory over that speed increase.
    Go with the 1.5 GB at 266MHz over the 1 GB at 333MHz.

    If you could get that 1.5 GB at 333MHz that would be sweeter, but that would depend on what clock settings your MB will allow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post

    If you could get that 1.5 GB at 333MHz that would be sweeter, but that would depend on what clock settings your MB will allow.
    CLiNT,

    The system will run at 333MHz with only the 1Gb {2 - 512Mb sticks} of memory in it and I'm not sure I want to spring for new memory for this clunker...I'm keeping it for testing when I get XP questions and I'll most likely dual boot Ubuntu on it, again for testing and evaluation.

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    I also think the higher amount of RAM will out perform the slight faster RAM. It appears the Dimension 9100 is capable of up to 4 GB RAM in 4 slots (not recommending this site at all, it just popped up when I did a search for the 9100 to check on max RAM). At the price today for RAM, and since the PC was free, I would consider topping out the RAM to max and make the system really run. Plus my preference is definitely WIn 7 rather than XP (any variety). Just my 2 cents. Well actually 1 3/4 cents at today's prices. This PC was considered high end in 2005.
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    I'd guess that if you are using it for testing leaving all the RAM in it is the best course. I'd not sink any money into an old machine that is just for testing.

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