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April 4, 2014 9:07:14 AM

I've been told that when you add more memory sticks, the maximum memory of a kit of memory sticks is reduced, and memory with a higher clock speed to begin with can overcome this. Is this true?

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April 4, 2014 11:57:25 AM

If you have 16GB, you have 16GB. Adding an 8GB set to a set of 8GB sticks won't reduce the memory size. But do make sure both sets run at the same frequency. And try to get the same brand and model as the first set for the second set.
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April 4, 2014 12:42:17 PM

OOPS! I pasted text from what someone else told me, and now I see a giant typo!!!!!!!!

It's should say,

"I've been told that when you add more memory sticks, the maximum CLOCK SPEED of a kit of memory sticks is reduced, and memory with a higher clock speed to begin with can overcome this."

Is this true?

I'm dyslexic with poor vision... so I didn't see the typo!!!!!!! :( 
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April 4, 2014 12:49:51 PM

googoohead said:
OOPS! I pasted text from what someone else told me, and now I see a giant typo!!!!!!!!

It's should say,

"I've been told that when you add more memory sticks, the maximum CLOCK SPEED of a kit of memory sticks is reduced, and memory with a higher clock speed to begin with can overcome this."

Is this true?

I'm dyslexic with poor vision... so I didn't see the typo!!!!!!! :( 


That sounds like utter crap. You will have the clock speed of the slowest stick in the set. If they all have the same speed you will have exactly the speed that is listed on the box/package
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a c 2286 } Memory
April 4, 2014 12:50:03 PM

Generally when you add DRAM, all your DRAM will go to the mobos default, with modern mobos that's normally 1333, so if you have 1600 or better sticks you will have to manually set the sticks to the proper freq and in some instances can do so semi-automatically with the XMP, DOCP or EOCP BIOS feature (as applicable to your particular mobo) that reads the memory profile and will try and set them up for you
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April 4, 2014 12:52:01 PM

OnkelCannabia said:
googoohead said:
OOPS! I pasted text from what someone else told me, and now I see a giant typo!!!!!!!!

It's should say,

"I've been told that when you add more memory sticks, the maximum CLOCK SPEED of a kit of memory sticks is reduced, and memory with a higher clock speed to begin with can overcome this."

Is this true?

I'm dyslexic with poor vision... so I didn't see the typo!!!!!!! :( 


That sounds like utter crap. You will have the clock speed of the slowest stick in the set. If they all have the same speed you will have exactly the speed that is listed on the box/package


He nailed it.
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a c 2286 } Memory
April 4, 2014 1:45:08 PM

Just to clarify, the DRAM (if capable) will run at what you set it at, if you have a 1333 and a 1600 stick (and if they will even play together) you can possibly run them at 1600, or more likely 1333, or even lower if you choose...Otherwise they will run at the mobos default, whatever that may be, if you take a 2133 stick and a 1866 stick they will NOT just automatically run at 1866
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