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if i have 2 sticks of 4 gb ram and buy the same speed timings etc of 2 sticks of 8 gb.. will it work?? and how well?

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August 27, 2014 7:08:23 PM

i have these 2x4 9-9-9-24 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if i bought these 2x8 9-9-9-24 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


same exact everything except for size
would it work well?? 24 gb
or just ditch 2 4gb sticks?? and have 16 gigs??


thanks for the input guys!


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August 27, 2014 7:13:31 PM

Maybe...maybe not, no guarantees, with the differences would guess they might after some voltage and/or timing adjustments
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August 27, 2014 7:20:03 PM

If the board states it can take upto 32Gb of memory in the four slots provided, then it should not be a problem.
Like you said as long as both paired memory modules are the same speed timings, and voltage it should work.
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a c 2177 } Memory
August 27, 2014 7:23:50 PM

Shaun o said:
If the board states it can take upto 32Gb of memory in the four slots provided, then it should not be a problem.
Like you said as long as both paired memory modules are the same speed timings, and voltage it should work.

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Would you guarantee that? Look through the forums, it's filled with people mixing DRAm and having problems - even when mixing two of the same exact sets, happens all the time.
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August 27, 2014 7:30:59 PM

Nothing is 100% in life.
You just try to get it close or right as you can to limit potential problems.
You could buy four sticks of 8gb memory and one might be Doa, your not going to know till you try it.
and if you don`t your never going to know. Its the way I look at it I guess.
Granted you may as well be better off just buying four 8gb sticks, but what if one is Doa in the kit by some unfortunate event.
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August 27, 2014 7:37:45 PM

Well, I don't know of any DRAM makers that recommend trying to mix DRAM, no mobo companies recommend it (in fact some are stating not to), no builders or IT folks I know ever recommend it....mainly see this coming from people based on DDR or DDR2 experience or have built or worked on a couple rigs and gotten lucky and had sticks that did play together. As mentioned, take a stroll through the forums sometimes (or most any PC based forums), and yet people continue to say "Yeah, no problem", then threads pop up, "well the people here said it would be no problem"
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August 27, 2014 7:49:44 PM

I guess it just depends on if your willing, and feel confident it will work for you.
And like you say luck of the draw in some cases, how fussy the mobo can be to do with memory ect.
Would he be best off buying four matched sticks of 8gb if the board supports it, yes indeed, no argument at all with that.
I do see your point don`t get me wrong.
Based on the same type of brand maker and memory, speed timings and voltage close as you can get.

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August 27, 2014 7:59:42 PM

Always best to simply buy a package of DRAM in the full amount you want...you can always try your old with the new, and if it will play that's a bonus, or can use in another rig or sell off to recoup some of the cost of the new. DRAM is sort of a specialty of mine and I've run into mixed sticks more times than I want to remember where sticks just wouldn't play together, and I'm comfortable going into even the secondary and tertiary timings to tune DRAM
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