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Tiago
15th September 2008, 18:03
I have an Asus A6va with 1GB of RAM (2x 512MB).
The RAM is DDR II pc-4300 266mhz (533).

Asus says that i can expand to a total of 2GB (1GB in each slot).

The question is:
DDR II pc-4300 533mhz (2x266mhz ?) are not easy to find, everywhere i go, i only find DDR II at 633mhz. Will it work? I guess my mboard supports 533 so any higher mhz then that will be limit to 533. So i will buy 633 but they will work at 533? Is that it? As long as it works... for me is ok ;)

In asus forum someone say that i can put 633mhz DDR II in my asus, i just want to double check.

Sharingan
15th September 2008, 21:57
Faster memory should work no problem. It will simply be run at the slower FSB speed (533 MHz). As long as the form factor is correct (ie. the size of the DIMM and the amount of pins), the BIOS should take care of any configuration.

Harrison
15th September 2008, 23:59
It might depend on the latency of the ram you use. Some higher speed ram might have strange timings that the laptop doesn't like.

I just looked up your laptop model in the Crucial ram site and it states that it can use DDR2 PC2-5300 or DDR2 PC2-4200 SODIMMs.

Crucial have a 2GB ram kit for your model for 35.84 including VAT. You can look at the UK page for your system here (http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=A6Va). I've ordered ram directly from Crucial a number of times and it is good quality and a good price.

The EU and Spanish versions of the Crucial site have the 2GB kit for €31.71

Tiago
16th September 2008, 13:17
I will give a look at crucial,
thanks


Crucial have a 2GB ram kit for your model for 35.84 including VAT

not 35.84 but 25.84 :)

Harrison
16th September 2008, 13:44
Oh yeah, was a typo, sorry. Only 25.84 for 2GB of ram for a laptop is pretty good.

burns flipper
16th September 2008, 19:58
7dayshop usually do CRAZY prices on memory.

Buleste
16th September 2008, 20:05
I forgot what we were talking about.

Harrison
16th September 2008, 23:31
7dayshop usually do CRAZY prices on memory.

I'd not heard of 7dayshop before. Has it been around long? And have you ordered from them yourself?

Buleste
17th September 2008, 10:12
I'd like to know if anyones ordered from them before as they've some memory there for my computer at a fraction of the price of any where else. And if they're good i may get some and possibly some new bits for my PC.

Tiago
17th September 2008, 10:14
My local shop has the 1GB DDR II 633 for +/- 20 euros. So 2 x 1GB is the maximum i can get in Asus A6VA, 2x20=40 euros, it's a bit more then crucial, but i dont pay shipping costs. But i will look for other shops

Harrison
17th September 2008, 10:18
Isn't there a section of Crucial close to your location? I saw there is a Spanish version of the site. Wouldn't that make postage cheaper?

burns flipper
17th September 2008, 12:11
I've used 7dayshop and my sister uses them all the time. They sent me cheap items that worked.

That's 7dayshop.com (http://www.7dayshop.com/).

Tiago
17th September 2008, 16:08
Isn't there a section of Crucial close to your location? I saw there is a Spanish version of the site. Wouldn't that make postage cheaper?

There is no Crucial in Portugal. Spain is only 200 km from me but cruial price+shipping is then same then buying in my local store...

From time to time, i get some friends and we order some itens from pixmania.com, we divide the postage, and we get good prices then.

Harrison
17th September 2008, 16:18
I know pixmania.com. I bought a camcorder from them a few years ago. :)

Tiago
18th September 2008, 10:15
Yesterday i went to a local store and i found the exact DDR i need.
There was a DDRII 1GB at 533mhz (laptop maximum), so it was exactly equal to the original DDR but with 1GB. It was 20 euros, i tested it worked fine, so today i will pick another one to get 2GB total (maximum)

Harrison
18th September 2008, 10:31
That's good. Most ram definitely helps run things smoother.