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how much gigs of ram can my mobo hold?

i was looking at the specs of my mobo, which is an asus m5a97 r2.0, it says it has 6 gigs of sata, whats sata? cause my mobo has 8 gigs of ram but only 4 are usable
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    You may want to learn a little more about data units...

    It has 6 gigabit per second SATA connectors. SATA is the interface between your motherboard and your HDD/SSD/ODD.

    For RAM, it supports "4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory".

    You're probably running a 32bit OS.
  2. i have windows 7 64 bit
  3. The motherboard supports upto 32Gb of ram. Sata 6Gb/s is the speed of the sata bus(what your hdd is connected to). Try the ram 1 stick at a time, you may have a bad stick of ram or one that is not fully inserted.
  4. thank you!
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