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ddr3 1600 2x4gb vs 1333 4x2gb for 4 slot mobo / 1x4gb vs 2x2gb for 2 slot mobo

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December 4, 2013 1:50:41 PM

ddr3 1600 2x4gb vs 1333 4x2gb for 4 slot mobo
ddr3 1600 1x4gb vs 1333 2x2gb for 2 slot mobo
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which will perform better?

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a b } Memory
December 4, 2013 1:57:31 PM

If the motherboard has a dual channel memory controller, then the 2x4GB at 1600MHz will yield the best performance
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a c 131 } Memory
December 4, 2013 1:59:27 PM

2x4gb @1600 in the top example

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2x2gb @1333 in the bottom one.
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December 4, 2013 2:01:12 PM

stick to two slots on the 4 slot mobo if you have a choice... and the higher MHZ (keep in mind that a lower cl latency will perform better too, so as frequency is increases, latency goes up too... so they can even cancel each other out in some scenarios) - only socket 2011 cpu's have 4 channel ram, and those are ussually 8 slot motherboards....
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December 9, 2013 11:02:51 AM

is it worth to buy 2x2gb if it cost 10$ more than 1x4gb?
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a c 131 } Memory
December 9, 2013 11:07:48 AM

for the most part I would say yes, leave future upgrades as an option.
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December 11, 2013 7:56:44 PM

even if the 2x2gb is 1333mhz?
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a c 131 } Memory
December 12, 2013 7:39:11 AM

2x2 gb 1333 MHz ram will perform better than 1x4gb 1600 ram in nearly every situation. I assume that is what you were asking?
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