4xDIMMs 16GB max memory, can I use 2 8gb sticks.

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX

I currently have an 8gb stick plugged into memory slots A1 B1 and I have slots A2 and B2 empty, and the computer is working, the manufacturer says my board can handle 16gb, but it never specifies 4gb per slot. Is this an ok config or am I going to burn up my mobo? I have 2 more sticks of 8gb ram, all 4 sticks are identical, I figured before I plug it in and see if my computer turns on, I would ask advice here. I'd rather not permanently damage anything.
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  1. Yeah, you can use it just fine - though I wouldn't put all 32GB in there if the motherboard only supports 16. It wouldn't hurt anything, but the computer probably wouldn't boot. (Or does the motherboard support more and you just have 16? Not sure on that point.)

    When you do plug two sticks in, check your manual and see where to plug them in for dual-channel use; it'll probably be A1 and B1, but it could be A1 and A2.
  2. There is a 50/50 change it will support 32GB so 2x16GB would be fine. Most new boards shouldn't have a problem with it, even if you don't put the sticks in the right spots. My board officially supports 16GB but I have 32GB in it and it works great. The 16GB is usually based on the original BIOS. New bios updates usually increase the amount of ram a board can support but they just don't advertise it. I would suggest reading some forums about the board and see how others dealt with your situation.
  3. Stick in the 2x16GB, if it works great and Windows willl love you, if it doesn't, go back to 4x8GB and Windows will still love you !
  4. DarkSable said:
    Yeah, you can use it just fine - though I wouldn't put all 32GB in there if the motherboard only supports 16. It wouldn't hurt anything, but the computer probably wouldn't boot. (Or does the motherboard support more and you just have 16? Not sure on that point.)

    When you do plug two sticks in, check your manual and see where to plug them in for dual-channel use; it'll probably be A1 and B1, but it could be A1 and A2.


    I have four 8gb sticks of ram(32GB of ram, 4x8gb), the mobo says it supports 16gb, but does not specify a maximum per slot. I have put 2 of the sticks into the mobo, one in slot A1, one in slot B1.
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