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What is difference between dual and quad channel ram?

I was looking for corsair 8gb ram. And found that there are channels (dual and quad). What is d difference? And which one is faster?

And also what is d difference between various categories like vengeance and platinum etc. Any comparison table ?

Update: It may be dumb ques. Suppose, i order for 8 gb ram (2x4gb) dual channel. Will i get two stick of 4 gb or 1 stick?
I am confuse. I was watching unboxing of ram on youtube and that made me to ask this dumb* ques.

Update 2: I got it. dual channel means 2 stick of 4 gb ram. So how much dual channel is faster than single module. And also i was looking for a 8 gb ram (1x8gb) and its configuration is quad core. what does it mean?
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  1. Quad channel RAM kits offer wider bandwidth on motherboards that support it, which results in faster transferring speed. If you motherboard only support dual-channel RAM, then getting quad-channel kit won't get you any increase in bandwidth over dual-channel.

    The Platinum RAM series from Corsair offer better heat-spreader and OC ability over normal series like Vengeance.
  2. Madn3ss795 said:
    Quad channel RAM kits offer wider bandwidth on motherboards that support it, which results in faster transferring speed. If you motherboard only support dual-channel RAM, then getting quad-channel kit won't get you any increase in bandwidth over dual-channel.

    The Platinum RAM series from Corsair offer better heat-spreader and OC ability over normal series like Vengeance.


    How much there are difference ? I want to do gaming and general work on my PC.
    Single Module vs Dual Module vs Quad Module ?
  3. You should buy a 2 x 4GB kit for dual channel mode as it will be faster than single channel mode (not a whole lot, but it's faster). For Quad channel support, you need 4 modules and a motherboard that supports it, e.g., AMD G34 or Intel LGA 2011.
  4. GhislainG said:
    You should buy a 2 x 4GB kit for dual channel mode as it will be faster than single channel mode (not a whole lot, but it's faster). For Quad channel support, you need 4 modules and a motherboard that supports it, e.g., AMD G34 or Intel LGA 2011.


    I want to buy 8GB RAM and is it bad choice in comparison of dual channel (2x4gb) RAM?
    Link: http://www.corsair.com/us/memory-by-product-family/vengeance/vengeance-8gb-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m1a1600c10.html
  5. yogesh_gamer said:
    GhislainG said:
    You should buy a 2 x 4GB kit for dual channel mode as it will be faster than single channel mode (not a whole lot, but it's faster). For Quad channel support, you need 4 modules and a motherboard that supports it, e.g., AMD G34 or Intel LGA 2011.


    I want to buy 8GB RAM and is it bad choice in comparison of dual channel (2x4gb) RAM?
    Link: http://www.corsair.com/us/memory-by-product-family/vengeance/vengeance-8gb-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m1a1600c10.html


    Corsair Vengeance RAMs has decent performance, not really good for OC-ing, big heat-spreader. Will not fit some big full-tower CPU cooler, thou.
  6. hey i m asking 8GB RAM, link below, is it bad choice in comparison of corsair dual channel (2x4gb) RAM?
    http://www.corsair.com/us/memory-by-product-family/vengeance/vengeance-8gb-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m1a1600c10.html
    How much there will be difference ?
    And it is quad channel. If in future i add one more 8gb den will it work as dual channel? Or it can only work as quad channel?
  7. Best answer
    No, but as I said before, it will run a bit slower than a dual channel kit. If you add a second one, then it will run in dual channel mode. It would run in quad channel mode ONLY if you install 4 modules on the right platform (which you certainly don't have).

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-Dual-Triple-and-Quad-Channel-Memory-Architectures/133

    http://www.behardware.com/articles/814-3/ddr3-impact-of-channels-timings.html
  8. GhislainG said:
    No, but as I said before, it will run a bit slower than a dual channel kit. If you add a second one, then it will run in dual channel mode. It would run in quad channel mode ONLY if you install 4 modules on the right platform (which you certainly don't have).

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-Dual-Triple-and-Quad-Channel-Memory-Architectures/133

    http://www.behardware.com/articles/814-3/ddr3-impact-of-channels-timings.html


    thanks.
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