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Can i use 2 different brand RAMs?

I have 2x4gb Crucial Ballistix Ram sticks. they are 1600MHZ and PC3 12800
and i have another DDR3 Ram that i got no idea which brand it is but its PC3 10600 and 1333MHZ
all 3 rams are CL9
is it possible to run them together in same rig? without any problems?
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    You will have to match the timings, speed and voltage to have a chance at it working properly. Even then, most likely you will have to drop the DDR3 1600 down to DDR3 1333 speed. I honestly don't recommend it, and 8gb DDR3 1600mhz is plenty for 95% of applications out there. For games 8gb is plenty as well right now.
  2. Mixing and matching RAM almost always causes problems. Just sell the 1333Mhz stuff on eBay!
  3. sincreator said:
    You will have to match the timings, speed and voltage to have a chance at it working properly. Even then, most likely you will have to drop the DDR3 1600 down to DDR3 1333 speed. I honestly don't recommend it, and 8gb DDR3 1600mhz is plenty for 95% of applications out there. For games 8gb is plenty as well right now.


    okay got it. i wont use the other ram. but in the future if buy another Crucial Ram thats same as my current one BUT 8GB Stick will i be able to use them all together?
    Use 2 4GB Crucial ram sticks and 1 8GB crucial ram sticks with same latency/frequency ?
  4. Lawk Duski said:
    sincreator said:
    You will have to match the timings, speed and voltage to have a chance at it working properly. Even then, most likely you will have to drop the DDR3 1600 down to DDR3 1333 speed. I honestly don't recommend it, and 8gb DDR3 1600mhz is plenty for 95% of applications out there. For games 8gb is plenty as well right now.


    okay got it. i wont use the other ram. but in the future if buy another Crucial Ram thats same as my current one BUT 8GB Stick will i be able to use them all together?
    Use 2 4GB Crucial ram sticks and 1 8GB crucial ram sticks with same latency/frequency ?


    I would recommend 2 x 4gb of the exact same ram you currently have. That way you can still run the ram in dual channel mode. Please don't forget to select the best answer so others can benefit from it. Thanks :)
  5. Even mixing packages of the same exact model of DRAM can be and often is problematic - when you buy a package you are getting sticks that have been tested to play nice together
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