Should I install a 1GB DDR2 PC2 5300 with existing PC2 4200, or use 2 PC2 5300's to G4 powerbook?

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Should I install a 1GB DDR2 PC2 5300 with existing PC2 4200, or use 2 PC2 5300's to G4 powerbook?

 

I'm confused.

 

I have the last model g4 powerbook, 1.67ghz, 17", with one gig slot open.  The chip in the other slot is a DDR2 SDRAM PC 4200S 444 SODIMM.

 

Other manufacturers said I need a PC 4200, or PC2 4200 chip.  Crucial's machine scanner says I can use a DDR2 PC2 5300 chip, and chips of different densities can be mixed since my computer doesn't support dual-channel memory.

 

Scan URL from my machine:

 

http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/viewscanbyid.aspx?id=238AFE0431D926C3

 

Apparently I can order a single 1gb PC2 5300 and add it to the empty slot.  Is this a significantly faster chip than the PC 4400s that is already in it, even if it's compatible?

 

If so, will installing a kit pair of PC25300's speed up the machine?  Use more power?  The cost is insignificant to do a pair if the performance increases, and may be better for the machine life.  Which install is most prudent forgetting about cost?

 

Advise.  Thanks.

 

Dan Viele

valiofmoon@aol.com

 

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Re: Should I install a 1GB DDR2 PC2 5300 with existing PC2 4200, or use 2 PC2 5300's to G4 powerbook

Yes, the 5300 is faster than the 4200. I'm not sure I would consider it significant or not. That would depend on your perceptions. You will notice a difference though. Even though, as you stated, that your system is not dual channel capable, it will benefit from the kit. A kit is basically a matched pair. And a matched pair tends to be far more reliable than two random individual sticks. Hope that helps!