I'm writing since I am utterly confused about what memory I should get and how much. I'm currently running XP 32 bit, but I'm upgrading to Vista Ultimate 64 bit in the next few days. The mobo maxes out at 8 gigs.
I currently have 2 gigabytes of gskill PC6400, 2.0~2.1v, memory in my pc, with a E6750 Core 2 DUO cpu.
I'd like to upgrade, for performance, since I'm always actively using Adobe Web Design Premium, with Photoshop. cs4. Also, I'd like to upgrade my memory for the new Vista 64 bit OS.
I'm confused about how dual-channel works. Would it work, if I had 1 pair of 2 gig modules =, and another pair of 1 gig modules correclty aligned in the mobo setup? If they all have to be the same size, what about, 4 modules of 2 gigs ?
Just curious if anyone has had success with maxing the memory out on the Maximus Formula ?
Not sure what product to look for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I've been addicted to this forum lately, You all are great!
BIOS will default to 1.8v when installing PC26400. Check the RAM specifications for required voltage. In BIOS, manually set the voltage to those specs. For 4 DIMMs additional voltage from specs for a 2 x 2GB kit may be needed. PC26400 rated at 1.9v-2.0v is common. Also, set the timings and speed to specs.
So, yu currently have 2 x 1 GB? For 8 GB system RAM buy two kits of the RAM you listed (8 GBs total). Install 1 DIMM, go into BIOS and set the voltage, timings and data transfer rate (speed) to G. Skill specs. You might try 1.9-2.0v for 8 GBs (4 DIMMs). After you set up BIOS with 1 DIMM installed, shut down and install the remaing 3 DIMMs. Dual channel will work fine.
Thanks a lot guys.. I SWEAR this will be my last questions on this subject, LOL..
If I do the process in which i stick one of the modules in first, and then set the timings and settings, etc.. Do I need to install the other 3 seperately like the first and configure those as well?
If I buy two kits, how should I align them in the slots, should I open one kit, insert one module in A1, and the other in B1, and then open the next kit, and insert one in A2, and the other in B2? Or am i looking too much into the process? (I tend to do that often)
Use 1 DIMM in slot one and boot into BIOS and set RAM memory, timings and speed to specs. Shut down and install the remaing 3 DIMMs to total 8 GBs. Each kit is a matched pair to run together in dual channel. Install the first DIMM into the slot nearest the CPU. Install the matching DIMM from that kit in that channel (MB manual has channel information and I presently have a RAM cooler covering my RAM). Install the second matched kit in channel 2