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Re: answer // further // Benchmark - 64 bit much slower than 32 bit

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  • Subject: [mg111869] Re: answer // further // Benchmark - 64 bit much slower than 32 bit
  • From: telefunkenvf14 <rgorka at>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 05:54:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <i438i1$hsp$> <i45r3c$g06$>

On Aug 14, 5:27 am, Joseph Gwinn <joegw... at> wrote:
> In article <i438i1$hs... at>,
>  "Scot T. Martin" <smar... at> wrote:
> > In case any one else runs into a similar problem, I sorted out the answ=
> > to the slowness below. I pulled out one memory strip to drop from 8 MB =
> > 6 MB and, presto, performance went from slow (rating of 1.13) to ultraf=
> > (rating of 5.50).
> > How to explain this? I believe it goes back to "following the
> > manufacturer's recommendation". That is, this computer is provided in
> > configurations of 6 MB or 12 MB. My IT department bought a 2 MB memory
> > strip and pumped it up from 6 to 8 MB. It seems there must be some kind=
> > hardware inbalancing in the memory that influences the speed of some
> > calculations; details are beyond my technical level. But the problem ha=
> > been fixed by "following the manufacturer's suggestion on memory
> > configurations".
> I can guess what the problem is.  Most memory systems on PCs are set up=
> support a dual-bank architecture, where there is a pair of identical memo=
> banks that are accessed in alternation:  all the odd-numbered words go =
in one
> bank, and all the even-numbered words go in the other.  This allows muc=
h of the
> memory system overhead to be mitigated.
> Larger computer systems may use four banks.
> What is meant by "identical memory banks"?  The memory sticks in the
> corresponding sockets must be the *exact* same type, so one necessarily g=
> memory sticks in matched pairs.  Most commonly, all memory sticks in a =
bank must
> also be identical.  There are also other platform-dependent rules on al=
> memory configurations, but not all allowable configurations are also opti=
> Joe Gwinn

I was going to say the same thing. I have triple-channel memory in my
desktop (3x2GB) with one slot open. My motherboard instructions state
that any memory added to the last slot will run in 'single channel
mode' (less bandwidth, likely slower)... I must say though, I would
*NOT* expect to see differences as dramatic as you report!!!

Check the memory settings in your bios. My guess is that your machine
is automatically throttling back voltages, clock timings, etc., to ALL
your dimms, and probably to a VERY low and safe setting. I'm 99%
positive this is due to your IT department plugging in 'any old
dimm'---rather than one exactly like the others, or at the very least,
one with the same specs.

If your bios settings confirm suspicion, here's what you need to do:
Look at one of the original dimms in your system, find the serial or
model number and start Googling for the specs. Once you have them, go
shopping!!! ( is pretty good; 2GB dimms of DDR3 should be
cheap) Note: You likely do *NOT* need an exact match---differing model
numbers and brands may be ok---but the dimm you purchase *needs to
have* the same CAS latency timings, operating voltages, and type
(DDR3, I'm guessing).


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