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8GB of ram. 1 stick vs 2 sticks?

I am looking at ram and and 1 stick 8gb ram is around the same price of 2 X 4gb sticks. Is there any advantage / disadvantage of using 1 stick vs 2?

The Ram is Kingston Hyper-X 1600
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  1. 2 X 4gb can be used in dual channel mode which is better. Dual channel doubles the communication between the memory controller and RAM, thus increasing system performance.

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-Dual-Triple-and-Quad-Channel-Memory-Architectures/133/1
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    look to be really precise and brief

    if u run 2 stick u ll be running memory in dual channel which will be a great increase in performance than running a single stick in single channel


    u can imagin it like this


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  3. The picture makes sense.
  4. they really do to explain u what its like
  5. It's also completely misleading. Real world gains from dual channel are in the 4-7% range. Now there is no reason to lose 4% to 7% of performance but there is no huge difference.

    Don't use Kingston RAM if you can get something else for the same price. They are the only company that still uses RAM requiring 1.65v to reach DDR3 1600 cas 9. Literally every other company has switched to ICs only needing 1.5v. The Kingston is fine for AMD based systems but don't use them in Intel builds.
  6. its being talked about advatage not huge difference
  7. Quote:
    if u run 2 stick u ll be running memory in dual channel which will be a great increase in performance than running a single stick in single channel


    You said it not me :vip:
  8. cause its a difference
  9. What if you want to get 16gb of ram for dual channel, but simply don't have the money to upgrade right away. Buy one stick of 8gb with intention of getting another one later
  10. i am using two 4 gigs rams.....and they really do nice job....there is some edge of having two 4 gb instead of a single 8 gb.....because of dual channel
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