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Can I use Triple Channel RAM in Dual Channel memory?

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August 23, 2013 12:47:12 AM

Hello! I looked online for the solution to this but couldn't find a direct answer.

I have the MSI B75-P45 motherboard (see specs here) and according to the specs it says it has Dual Channel Memory. I have some triple channel RAM sticks with me (each stick has "3 x 1GB") and I'm wondering if I can still install them on the board?

Thank you!

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August 23, 2013 1:06:20 AM

Yes it would work, but instead of working in double channel like your motherboard ( Black 1 and Black 2, Blue 1 and Blue 2) which one module writes and the other reads , your motherboard will operate in Single channel RAM which will have decreased performance.

ALSO, if ever you want to run in dual channel, both modules should be identical.
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August 23, 2013 1:28:07 AM

It may be better to just install 2 of the 3 RAM sticks to be sure the motherboard would be able to run both sticks in dual-channel. Not sure if installing the third stick in this case would just hinder instead of increase performance.
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August 23, 2013 1:46:30 AM

MadDog215 said:
Yes it would work, but instead of working in double channel like your motherboard ( Black 1 and Black 2, Blue 1 and Blue 2) which one module writes and the other reads , your motherboard will operate in Single channel RAM which will have decreased performance.

ALSO, if ever you want to run in dual channel, both modules should be identical.


Thank you guys! I'll just go get some Dual Channel RAM :)  Really appreciate your help.
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August 23, 2013 4:24:28 AM

I use 3 stick of RAM and it runs in dual channel. You can run 3 stick in dual channel no problem. There is something intel uses called FLEX memory which allows odd numbers of sticks and different amounts of memory per stick to still run in dual channel.
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August 23, 2013 4:30:23 AM

@tiny voices It depends on the motherboard. His motherboard doesn't have any of those features.
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August 23, 2013 4:41:40 AM

I did this on an MSI z77a-g41 ( most basic z77 board in existence) and on my current z77ma-g45
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