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Can I use 8GB RAM in one slot instead of 2 x 4GB RAM ?

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July 10, 2013 4:11:04 PM

My Gigabyte M68MT-S2P Motherboard has got a faulty RAM Slot. Can I replace the two 4GB Ram modules for one 8GB RAM Module ? I am using Windows 7 64bit and AMD Phenom 2 X4 850 Processor
3.3 Ghz True Quadcore Design
2.0 MB Total Cache
Socket AM3

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July 10, 2013 4:12:21 PM
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Yes, you can. However, it won't utilize dual-channel RAM. What I would do is RMA the board in order to achieve full functionality.
July 10, 2013 4:24:09 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
Yes, you can. However, it won't utilize dual-channel RAM. What I would do is RMA the board in order to achieve full functionality.


Thanks Danny Boy, what does RMA the board mean ? will it work as well as it did on dual 4GB RAM ?
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July 10, 2013 4:27:39 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
Yes, you can. However, it won't utilize dual-channel RAM. What I would do is RMA the board in order to achieve full functionality.

I beg to differ with @dannyboy2233 about the compatibility of 8GB but I'd definitely agree with him on the RMA part. It is better to replace the motherboard. Maximum your motherboard supports is 8GB. It has 2 slots and max per slot is 4GB. Hence, single 8GB is not compatible and there is no release of any BIOS update so it will not work.

Btw, how did you come to the conclusion that the slot is defective? Just curious.:?:
July 10, 2013 4:37:22 PM

Legohouse said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Yes, you can. However, it won't utilize dual-channel RAM. What I would do is RMA the board in order to achieve full functionality.

I beg to differ with @dannyboy2233 about the compatibility of 8GB but I'd definitely agree with him on the RMA part. It is better to replace the motherboard. Maximum your motherboard supports is 8GB. It has 2 slots and max per slot is 4GB. Hence, single 8GB is not compatible and there is no release of any BIOS update so it will not work.

Btw, how did you come to the conclusion that the slot is defective? Just curious.:?:


Thanks for your reply. I took the CPU out to clean the old thermal paste from the sides of it and then replaced with new thermal paste and when I tried to start the PC it failed to boot and bleeped. after swapping the ram modules over it still failed. I got it to boot on one piece of RAM ok in the good slot, so I swapped it with the other piece and it booted ok too. I also tried both sticks of RAM in the faulty slot and they both failed to boot.
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July 10, 2013 4:44:53 PM

Bretskee said:

Thanks for your reply. I took the CPU out to clean the old thermal paste from the sides of it and then replaced with new thermal paste and when I tried to start the PC it failed to boot and bleeped. after swapping the ram modules over it still failed. I got it to boot on one piece of RAM ok in the good slot, so I swapped it with the other piece and it booted ok too. I also tried both sticks of RAM in the faulty slot and they both failed to boot.

That's bad. Alright, if you have the motherboard under warranty then exchange it. Hope everything works out for you..
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July 10, 2013 5:03:54 PM

Yep, replace the mobo, this is limited to a 2x4GB config, so stuck at 4GB as is
July 10, 2013 5:44:58 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Yep, replace the mobo, this is limited to a 2x4GB config, so stuck at 4GB as is


Thanks for confirming, much appreciated.
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July 10, 2013 5:46:57 PM

Sorry not better news:(  Let us know when you get your replacement, if any help needed will be around
July 10, 2013 5:49:39 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Sorry not better news:(  Let us know when you get your replacement, if any help needed will be around


Thank You
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July 10, 2013 5:51:24 PM

No problemo ;) 
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