|Originally posted by WTB
Great, now Im totally messed up on my purchasing decision.
Any other opinion regarding dual RAM and gaming?
The faster the RAM, the faster the PC. Dual channel = faster.
But... (there's always a but...
Games tend to move large contiguous blocks (or "chunks," if you prefer) of information in an and out of memory at a time. This large-block movement will not benefit as much as more random access.
Office applications (like Word and Excel) typically move small, random blocks of information in and out memory, so they will see a larger speed increase.
Disclaimer: This is my understading of how CAS, RAS to CAS, etc. works.
It takes a long time to load ("fire-up") a row of transistors, but comparatively little time to stream that row across the bus. So, if you can load load on a rise, and send on a fall, small, random memory accesses will benefit, since this is repeated over and over and over again. But, loading on a rise, and sending on a fall, with no more loads for a while, will not benefit as much.
(e.g.: one time doesn't benefit as much as multiple times.)
I hope this helps!