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Can I mix two different memory brands together?

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April 12, 2013 12:03:44 AM

I have a Patriot Gamer Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).Timing 9-9-9-24, Cas Latency 9, Voltage 1.65V.

I plan on getting this to get 12gb ram total

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Timing 9-9-9-24, Cas Latency 9, Voltage 1.5V – 1.6V.

I sit okay to use this memory sticks together?

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April 12, 2013 12:08:10 AM

Never mix memory sticks, always use the same brand.
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April 12, 2013 12:14:32 AM

It won't hurt anything, but don't use 2 different voltages for one thing. There is no teling what kind of weirdness that may cause. It is best not to mix brands if possible as edogwa said, sometimes the different characteristics of the different chips can make things less stable or at worst, cause crashes. Generally, it doesn't though. If you have to get ram with worse timings to match the voltages, that is okay, the system will just go with the slowest timings on all the ram.
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April 12, 2013 12:21:44 AM

If it within same spec (timing, speed, voltage) but different brand, it's fine to use together...
it may show problems in some old notebook or in memory overclocking....

for your case, it had different voltage setting/rated so don't use them together... patriot is 1.65v and g.skill 1.5v..

edit: forgot to mention, u can also pair higher speed ram with lower speed ram, but the higher speed ram will clock down to match the lower speed ram..
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April 12, 2013 12:39:06 AM

Thanks for everyone's help. I guess ill just have to sell my current ram and just buy newer ones :) 
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April 12, 2013 2:46:11 AM

Glad it helps....

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