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Can i run 2 different types of RAM in dual channel?

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June 20, 2013 2:37:44 PM

ok before you just say no, please read this, as it will either give me 8 more gigs of RAM, or save me 70 dollars! ok my motherboard has this deal where if you get it, u get 8 free gigs of crucial ballistix sport RAM. but I really want the g.skill ares series 8gb. now I know you cant run 2 different types in dual channel, so im gonna explain this the best I can. I will have 2 sticks of crucial ram (2x4) AND have 2 sticks of ares ram (2x4) so a TOTAL of 4 sticks. so can I run the ares in dual channel in the 1st and 2nd channels, and then run the crucial in dual channel in the 3rd and 4th?

here of the sites so I you can see what im talking about

motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CRUCIAL (that comes WITH motherboard) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARES (does NOT come with motherboard) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 20, 2013 2:47:42 PM

You'd want them in a 1/3 2/4 configuration. It should work though as long as the motherboard manufacturer's page says both types of ram are compatible. There IS some wiggle room on what the manufacturer lists and what actually IS compatible, but for troubleshooting purposes, and as a CYA policy, if you have ram that is not on the compatible list, they typically won't support it.

edit: I had to go back and check, but I bought the Extreme6 version of this motherboard earlier this year and got an 8gb stick of the same memory with mine. Due to CPU heatsink size I am running my ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... in slots 2 and 4. They're not specifically on the manufacturer's compatibility list, but they are very very close to another G.Skill memory type that is.
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June 20, 2013 3:32:17 PM

A_Walrus said:
ok before you just say no, please read this, as it will either give me 8 more gigs of RAM, or save me 70 dollars! ok my motherboard has this deal where if you get it, u get 8 free gigs of crucial ballistix sport RAM. but I really want the g.skill ares series 8gb. now I know you cant run 2 different types in dual channel, so im gonna explain this the best I can. I will have 2 sticks of crucial ram (2x4) AND have 2 sticks of ares ram (2x4) so a TOTAL of 4 sticks. so can I run the ares in dual channel in the 1st and 2nd channels, and then run the crucial in dual channel in the 3rd and 4th?

here of the sites so I you can see what im talking about

motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CRUCIAL (that comes WITH motherboard) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARES (does NOT come with motherboard) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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To run any memory in dual channel all you need to do is install the memory in matched pairs. When I say "matched pairs" it means that you need to match the memory speed, CL timing and same type. Also you may need same size and same voltage memory.

In your case, both the memory kits are similar except the voltage and of course the brand. Usually, when mixing memory brands there might be some issues especially with DDR3 higher speed memory with tighter timings. But yeah it should work.

Please refer your "system manual" (<-- Click here) for recommended memory population rule. If you install the memory in the right slots then there is no reason why it shouldn't run in Dual channel. In the hindsight, you may have to Overvolt /Undervolt one of the memory kits in order to match the other. Hope that answers your questions.
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June 20, 2013 4:12:14 PM

They MIGHT, pure and simple...while mixing is never a good planned idea, if you have them in hand I'd say try them, not going to hurt anything....With these these I'd go the Crucial in 1 and 3 the other in 2-4, manually set the timings to 9-9-9-24, DRAM voltage to 1.52 (yes, it's safe for the low voltage sticks), CR (command rate/command timing to) 2T/2N, and raise the MC (memory controller) voltage + 0.10
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