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4x2 vs 8x1 ram stick

Hey, i was wondering if there is a big speed difference between 8gb 4x2 and 8gb 8x1 ram.
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  1. Will you actually notice, not really all that much. You lose essentially half your bandwidth by not doing dual channel memory though which could be quite measurable in certain situations.
  2. assuming your motherboard supports dual channel then 4x2
  3. Traciatim said:
    Will you actually notice, not really all that much. You lose essentially half your bandwidth by not doing dual channel memory though which could be quite measurable in certain situations.



    will i notice it while gaming?
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    dystieguy said:
    Traciatim said:
    Will you actually notice, not really all that much. You lose essentially half your bandwidth by not doing dual channel memory though which could be quite measurable in certain situations.



    will i notice it while gaming?


    Not very likely, but if you machine supports dual channel you should probably just go with the 4x2. Mainly it would probably be more impactful to memory intesnive tasks like if you were playing around in Adobe After Effects or something, but just to ensure the best performance you want to stick with the fastest configuration you support.
  5. Traciatim said:
    dystieguy said:
    Traciatim said:
    Will you actually notice, not really all that much. You lose essentially half your bandwidth by not doing dual channel memory though which could be quite measurable in certain situations.



    will i notice it while gaming?


    Not very likely, but if you machine supports dual channel you should probably just go with the 4x2. Mainly it would probably be more impactful to memory intesnive tasks like if you were playing around in Adobe After Effects or something, but just to ensure the best performance you want to stick with the fastest configuration you support.





    Ok thanks for the help!
  6. The 2x4GB can run dual channel which can provide upwards to a 10-15% performance increase from the DRAM itself, it doesn't double the bandwidth, the sticks still run at the same freq, but instead of being seen as a single 64bit device the DRAM is treated as a single 128bit device
  7. I had the same problem that you have now.
    Finally I took the 1x8GB
    Simply because I have only 2 spots for RAM on my MOBO so If I will take 2x4 I wouldn't be able to upgrade the RAM later.
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