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scott784
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Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

I have read conflicting stories online about my Dell XPS 410. The manual suggests the memory capacity is 1 gig of ram for each dimm for a total capacity of 4 gigs of memory in this system.  Now at the time the manual was published, 64 bit operating systems were barely in use and they certainly weren't shipped by Dell.  However, we also know after the Intel Core chips were introduced the hardware was ahead of the software.

Some folks have indicated the XPS 410 'can' accommodate up to 8 gigs of memory by placing 2 gig sticks in each dimm.  Is this correct?  Do others know from personal experience if this is indeed the case?  We know 64 bit operating systems can easily accommodate 8 gigs of memory.  However, does the Dell XPS 410 not only acccept 8 gigs of memory 'but' also have the ability to use that much if pushed in testing?  Obviously, even if 2 gig sticks would install (and read in the system that they've been accepted), does the XPS 410 really have the capacity to utilize more than 4 gigs of memory in the 64 bit OS environment?

I would be interested in hearing from someone who knows the answer to this question versus speculation.  Given the conflicting information I have read online, perhaps the forum moderator could answer this question for us if no one else know with 100 percent certainty.  I would like to know for future reference.  Thanks for any replies.

Scott

 

Dell XPS 410

Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4 GHz

6.00 GB Memory (Ram) (Dual channel DDR2)

Windows 10 Home (64 bit)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card

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jackshack
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

A search of the forum can yield interesting results:  XPS 410 Memory Capacity.

EDIT:  Forgot one thing; you need to read this, too:  Reported System Memory Less than Installed Amount.  The note applies specifically to Vista, but Win XP and Win 7 work the same way.  The practical effect of this fact is that you will always have a space between the 3 GB and 4 GB addresses that must be commited to system and hardware use.  A 64 bit OS will re-map RAM located in that space to higher addresses if the BIOS and chipset supports it.  The chipset in the XPS 410 is a 965 having an 8 GB max memory addressing capacity and it does support re-mapping.  HOWEVER, if you install 8 GB of physical RAM you will still have the hole between the 3 GB and 4 GB addresses because the chipset doesn't have excess address space to perform the re-mapping.  If, on the other hand, you install 6 GB as was done by the forum member in the linked thread, you will see all 6 GB since the memory between 3 GB and 4 GB will be re-mapped into the higher address space.

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scott784
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

I appreciate your reply.  You gave some interesting information.  If I am understanding you correctly, the XPS 410 supports 8 GB of memory when running a 64 bit operating system (with the latest BIOS which I think Dell published in late 2007).  I believe you are also stating (money issues asside) that the computer is actually better optimized at 6GB of memory versus 8GB of memory because the computer is not able to remap the PCI configuration space above the 4GB line if a person fills up the maximum 8 GB of memory.  That raises some other questions though such as having 1 gig sticks times 3 and then losing dual channel mode.  Are you saying it's still better to only use 1 gig sticks times 3 and leave one of the dimms empty?  Thanks again.

Dell XPS 410

Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4 GHz

6.00 GB Memory (Ram) (Dual channel DDR2)

Windows 10 Home (64 bit)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card

Philips DVD-ROM

LG 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD

 

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dcgtls
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

Use 2 2GB sticks and 2 1GB sticks for a total of 6GB. Keep them paired up.

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jackshack
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

More accurately, the XPS 410 chipset supports 8 GB of address space.  The system needs a section of addresses in the 3 GB to 4 GB range which precludes being able to address any memory that shares that space.  You can install 8 GB of memory; just don't expect the system to be able to use all 8 GB.  It will be instead something on the order of 7 GB, perhaps a bit more, and in some cases a bit less.

The XPS 410 has four memory connectors associated with a dual channel memory controller.  Each pair of memory connectors should have a matched set of memory modules, but you don't need to have identical memory in all four connectors.  It is perfectly ok to have a set of 2 GB modules in the first set (total=4 GB) and a set of 1 GB modules in the second set (total=2 GB) for a total of 6 GB.  Since the machine is capable of remapping the memory in the 3 GB to 4 GB range to the space above 6 GB, the OS should have access to all 6 GB.  Unfortunately, 8 GB is the max, so if you place two pairs of 2 GB modules (total=8 GB), the chipset has nowhere to re-map the unused memory between 3 GB and 4 GB.

Whether you go for 6 GB or 8 GB depends on what makes the most sense.  From an economic point of view, if you find a sale on 2 GB modules, by all means get the 2 GB modules and just forget the memory in the 3 GB to 4 GB space.  It doesn't cost that much and you still have the advantage of having the larger amount of memory.

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scott784
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

That's some good information from both of you.  I have the latest BIOS for my Dell XPS 410.  It was published on the Dell support site on 12/07/07 and it is BIOS version 2.5.3.  Obviously, this version (the latest one posted on the Dell site) enables the system to remap memory above the 4 GB line from what you've advised.  You've also advised that there are no internal tweaks or anything else I would have to do.  Simply, plug in the higher memory sticks, enjoy, and forget about it.

As for the pairing of the dimms, modules 1 and 3 are a pair, and dimm modules 2 and 4 are a pair, right?  Thanks again for your help.

P.S. I did a clean install and put X64 Window 7 on my PC this past Friday.  It is running rock solid on my XPS 410.

 

 

Dell XPS 410

Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4 GHz

6.00 GB Memory (Ram) (Dual channel DDR2)

Windows 10 Home (64 bit)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card

Philips DVD-ROM

LG 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD

 

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jackshack
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

You're quite welcome; we're always happy we can help.  Looks like you have things well in hand.  Best of luck to you.

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snowshine
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

Hi Jack,

Would mind telling me if I opt to try 2GB RAM x 4 =8GB in total in mine,

Should I first put in  2GB RAM sticks in Memory Slot 1 & Memory slot 2  and  1GB RAM sticks in slot 2 & slot 4 to take effect of what you have described in your post?

Once that has taken effect, I could replace the RAM sticks in slot 2 & slot 4 with 2GB RAM sticks?

Or can I put in all of the four 2 GB RAM sticks in available slots and it will still work.

I have the latest BIOS which is 2.5.3 released around 7th Dec 2007.

Regards

 

 

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jackshack
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

There is no reason to begin with a 6 GB installation; you can go directly to four 2 GB sticks.  The only thing is that you will not see all 8 GB of memory, but at that memory level, who really cares?  Today's applications require nothing near that amount of RAM, and by the time the applications begin to require it you will want a newer machine that can handle more than 8 GB.  We were simply answering the "what if" question.

If you have a matched pair of 2 GB sticks, and a matched pair of 1 GB sticks, from a traditional point of view only I would normally place the larger memory sticks in the lowest number slots (1,3 - though some boards label them 1 and 2 even though they aren't next to each other).  Ancient DOS based computers using single channel controllers used to take more time to switch between modules than to use the contiguous RAM in a single module, so you installed the larger modules first.  Most applications would then use primarily the first module to reduce processing time.  To be honest, I doubt very much that the extra time used to switch modules was really noticable, so it is a perception thing.

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scott784
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Re: Dell XPS 410 and the maximum memory capacity

I just thought I'd post a reply here to let you know I decided to install a pair of 2 GB sticks of memory in my computer this evening.  It was no problem whatsoever and my system immediately recognized the extra memory.  Obviously, to keep the dual channel mode, I installed one 2 GB stick in the first physical space, one 2 GB stick in the third physical space, and left the others alone (kept a pair of 1 GB sticks in physical space two and physical space four).  So I now have a total of 6 GB of memory.

Had I not received this feedback from Jack and Dcgtis, I would not have known about this capability on the XPS 410.  I think what has added to the confusion (with people in general) is the fact that vendors cannot even seem to get the information straight.  For example, you can look up the XPS 410 on crucial.com and their site will advise you that the XPS 410 only handles a maximum of 4 GB of memory (1 GB stick in each dimm--period).  However, if you look up the XPS 410 on kingston.com, you will find that they correctly list the memory capacity at 8 GB of memory.

Jack, i do understand exactly what you are saying in regards to the software not being able to take advantage of anything close to 8 GB of memory at this time.  Heck, even at 6 GB versus 4 GB, I am not exactly going to notice much of a difference.  However, I wanted to do this memory upgrade.....partly to say I could!  Also, I've got a family member who needs extra memory for their Dell (holds the same type of memory as mine).  So rather than go out and buy memory directly for them, I decided to upgrade my own system and make a gift of my pair of 1 GB sticks that I have now taken out of my computer.

Snowshine, it's your choice as far as whether or not you choose to upgrade to 6 GB or 8 GB.  However, you may want to think about what Jack said in regards to the re-mapping issue and the fact that your system will never see the full 8 GB of memory as a result.  Good luck to you as far as what you decide.

Thank you again Jack and Dcgtis for your expertise on this topic

Dell XPS 410

Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4 GHz

6.00 GB Memory (Ram) (Dual channel DDR2)

Windows 10 Home (64 bit)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card

Philips DVD-ROM

LG 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD

 

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