and if going dual-channel will only give a minimal increase, then I'm not sure it's worth it
Well, if it is free, it is worth it! Which if just updating the bios fixes it, very much worth it! The Deluxe version has the same problems as the non-deluxe I quoted (but diff BIOS, so get the right one!).
But did you count the chip modules on the memory? This should be as simple as taking the case cover off, you should not have to remove the actual memory. It is important to know if it has too many chip modules, other wise continuing to play around with it is pointless.
I would first count them, if equal to or less then 8 modules on each side, update the bois. People fear updating the bios, but it is not that bad, and with modern bios very often does it go wrong (if you follow instructions!).
If that does not fix it, I would try one last thing. Slot 1&3 and Slot 2&3 are the ones that run it at the faster speed. If you tried slots 1&3 with no luck, try slots 2&3 instead.
The speed increase is worth it, if it is for free! Just takes you some trouble shooting.
Is it much better? Yes and no, odds are you will not see anymore then 2% at most game performance increase, maybe even none. But in some cases depending on exactly what is going on, you can theatrically get “a hell of a lot more” (scientific term) performance (but not likely).
So count the modules!, update the bios!, and then switch the sockets (if you have not tried that already)!
Get a benchmarking utility (I prefer)http://download.com.com/3000-2086-10229189.html?tag=lst-0-1
And compare its memory results to what it says memory like yours can/does get, and decide from that point if it is worth it. But like I said, if it cost you nothing but a little bit of troubleshooting to get it running at full spec, it is worth it!
This comment was edited on Dec 14, 13:56.
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