I am currently running an xp 2200+ on an Asrock K7S8X 3.0 m/b with 1gb of DDR 400 memory. While gaming the system appears to be quite sluggish and uses a lot of memory. Am I using compatible memory or do I need a cpu with higher FSB to run memory to its full potential. I have heard that memory will downgrade itself to match cpu. I also have installed a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 128mb ddr
Thanks in advance for any replies
Athlon 64 3000+ 2 x 512mb pc2700 Nvidia Geforce4 440 GO 64mb NEC DVD +/- RW ND-6450A Windows xp pro
Some parts runs at the speed of the slower component. Your Processor must have 266 MHz Bus, so your Memory Modules should underclock themselves to match that Bus. However, if you use a Processor with higher Bus, your Memory Modules should be capable of support it with no problem because they are rated to run at 400 MHz. It is actually possible to run the Memory Modules asynchronously of the Processor (For example, your Processor runs with 266 MHz Bus and the Memory Modules at 400 MHz Bus). By the way, I have an Athlon XP 1800+ with 640 MB of RAM (Generic brand, one 512 MB 333 MHz Bus Memory Module and the other a 128 MB 266 MHz one) with an ASUS A7N266-VM and its GeForce 2 32 MB Onboard. It shows to be slow in games like Doom 3, but in most others it do wonders. For gaming, I suggest you getting a much better Video Card and maybe, if you haven't done it, configure properly your system (Check for Spywares and that, and any other Program running in the background that can be eating resources). Only the newest and heaviest games can give you troubles at all.
Generally, the Athlon likes to have the memory running in synch with the cpu, so if the cpu has a FSB of 266MHz, then your memory should run at 266MHz. I'd also check your graphics card. The FX5200 is not a good card. I've got the FX5600 and that's not too hot either!
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