First post, by Lostdotfish
I'm in the process of building an XP gaming platform and wondered what everyone's thoughts were on RAM capacity and configurations.
I'm playing with various platforms and chipsets, so a broad discussion is welcome. I'm mostly playing with the following AMD hardware
nForce 2 - Athlon XP S462
nForce 4 - S939
790GX - AM2/AM3
Also keen to hear about what works well on the contemporary Pentium 4 chipsets, 875, 915, X38, X48, X58 etc
I have most experience with the nForce 2 S462 platform, as that was my system back in the day. The received wisdom back then was that 1GB in dual channel (2x512) was optimal for gaming performance with 2GB configurations showing performance dips (whether 2x1GB or 4x512). This was running BH5 on super tight timings and high voltages (3.6vdimm ftw).
I also had a 939 system back in the day but I never really clicked with it but on reflection, maybe moving my BH5 ram over to it wasn't the best match.
I have no real experience of the later, PCI Express platforms.