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Motherboard has 4 RAM slots that is capable of dual channel or quad channel? confused.

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January 13, 2014 7:56:13 AM

hi, i am building myself a medium level gaming rig and the motherboard has 4 slots for RAM modules to be placed. It also supports dual channelling.

http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

i want to have 8GB RAM for now.

My question is:
can i have 2x4GB to run in dual channel = 8GB or will it be better to run 2x4GB as it is dual channel ram.....

also, is it 2xdual channel because there are 4 sockets for the RAM modules.

thanks.
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January 13, 2014 8:08:09 AM

With dual channel ram you can run 2x or 4x matched ram and stay in dual channel mode. The key is that you need to have matched ram weather you are running 2 or 4 ram modules.
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January 13, 2014 8:12:25 AM

right, im looking at corsair vengeance 1600 2x4GB. i've left room to improve another 8GB in the future if i want to, so if i purchase the exact same RAM modules or another make with the same voltage/mhz etcccc. will it run 4x matched RAM in dual channel mode?

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January 13, 2014 12:35:42 PM

Rafiul27 said:
hi, i am building myself a medium level gaming rig and the motherboard has 4 slots for RAM modules to be placed. It also supports dual channelling.

http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

i want to have 8GB RAM for now.

My question is:
can i have 2x4GB to run in dual channel = 8GB or will it be better to run 2x4GB as it is dual channel ram.....

also, is it 2xdual channel because there are 4 sockets for the RAM modules.

thanks.


Hi, AMD's socket AM3+ is designed for two memory channels. That motherboard simply has two DIMM slots per channel.

In order to ensure dual-channel operation both channels must be populated. For best results the installed capacity on each channel should be the same, ideally with identical modules. For example, a 4GiB module in channel A slot 1, and a matched 4GiB module in channel B slot 1.
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January 13, 2014 1:54:23 PM

Yes 2x4GB is fine - put them in slots 1-3 (from CPU) or 2-4 and you have Dual Channel, if thinking 16GB, go with 2x8GB - less stress on the MC (memory controller) than a 4x4GB setup
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