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July 26, 2013 8:30:29 AM

First off I know on most motherboards having 2x 2GB of ram would run better however I'm getting a uATX motherboard with only 2 ram slots: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008LZO7LO

Does this mean if I get one 4GB ram card it won't really make much of a difference over a 2x2GB cards. Because of the limited ram slots I was planning on just running one 4gb card and possibly adding another later but with the 2x2GB I would have to invest in two new 4Gb cards. What do you think I should do?

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July 26, 2013 8:42:27 AM

Joegameplay said:
First off I know on most motherboards having 2x 2GB of ram would run better however I'm getting a uATX motherboard with only 2 ram slots: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008LZO7LO

Does this mean if I get one 4GB ram card it won't really make much of a difference over a 2x2GB cards. Because of the limited ram slots I was planning on just running one 4gb card and possibly adding another later but with the 2x2GB I would have to invest in two new 4Gb cards. What do you think I should do?


well given it's a Micro build chances are your not going to be heavy gaming? On the basis of making that assumption then 4gb will be plenty four whatever else your doing. Gaming has only hit the 4gb barrier nowadays, so unless your playing BF3 or something at 1080 p 8gb as opposed to 4gb wo't make much difference. If on the other hand your doing heavy multitasking then go for 8gb, but again because you have a micro build, you may not have a top end processor, so maybe heavy multitasking isn't an option.
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July 26, 2013 8:43:46 AM

i would get 2 x 4GB sticks then you will have plenty of ram, there really is no discernible difference in performance between larger quantities of ram sticks to achieve the same capacity over fewer higher density sticks.
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July 26, 2013 8:47:24 AM

Joegameplay said:
First off I know on most motherboards having 2x 2GB of ram would run better however I'm getting a uATX motherboard with only 2 ram slots: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008LZO7LO

Does this mean if I get one 4GB ram card it won't really make much of a difference over a 2x2GB cards. Because of the limited ram slots I was planning on just running one 4gb card and possibly adding another later but with the 2x2GB I would have to invest in two new 4Gb cards. What do you think I should do?


You will get better performance using 2 sticks of ram because it would then run in dual channel mode. But if you plan on getting another 4GB stick in the future I would just go with one to save money. It doesn't sound like this rig is being used for anything that needs lightning fast RAM speeds to begin with so you should be fine.
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July 26, 2013 8:48:52 AM

I know some where Tom's did an article on parallel processing but I am not sure where it is... If I remember right they found little to no difference in performance. Though that was back in 2007 so there's probably like a small percentage of increase in performance. I would just go for the single 4GB and use it by itself. You can purchase another 4GB down the line when you want to upgrade to more ram.
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July 26, 2013 3:07:26 PM

Dual channel can provide up to about 10-15% performance gain, having more will also increase overall performance as there will be far less reads and writes to the page file
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July 26, 2013 3:26:51 PM

Dual channel on MY old rig is 8% faster. If you arent running games or benchmarks you will never notice, If you are going quad core, get one x 4 and buy another later. If you are only running light programs and a cheap twin core, get the 2x2.
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July 26, 2013 4:05:08 PM

Joegameplay said:
First off I know on most motherboards having 2x 2GB of ram would run better however I'm getting a uATX motherboard with only 2 ram slots: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008LZO7LO

Does this mean if I get one 4GB ram card it won't really make much of a difference over a 2x2GB cards. Because of the limited ram slots I was planning on just running one 4gb card and possibly adding another later but with the 2x2GB I would have to invest in two new 4Gb cards. What do you think I should do?

If you want to give it a shot then you may try single 4GB along with a single 2GB module.

You can find the compatible memory for your motherboard - ASUS P8H61-MX USB3
Try crucial, kingston, or this one here!!

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