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Which Motherboards Support Hexa-Channel Memory?

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September 28, 2009 1:59:32 PM

Hey everyone, I am looking to upgrade my PC and can't seem to find a ton of valueable information on which motherboards support hexi-channel DDR3 RAM. Can you use any Tri-Channel boards and with 6 sticks of RAM they will work in hex-channel mode, or is there not really true support for it yet? I am looking to do a High-overclock Corei7 chip (probably the i7 920) and looks like the ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 looks like a good mobo.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I'm usually really good with hardware, but I just can't seem to find a direct answer to this topic.

Thank you! :hello: 
September 28, 2009 2:41:51 PM

dual channel is the norm for modern pcs.. triple channel just started with i7 920
its build into the memory controller.

if you are trying to do a high overclock dont use 6 chips

get 3 2gb chips and be done.
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September 28, 2009 4:12:57 PM

Most Core i7 boards have 6 DIMM slots, but the memory controller is in the CPU itself and is in fact a 3-channel controller - so you should install memory in groups of 3. If you install 6 DIMMs, then the system can read or write date to three of them in parallel (that's what's meant by "3-channel memory").
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September 29, 2009 9:47:15 AM

Best as I can tell, Hexa-Channel is just a marketing term made up by Geil to use in selling their kits of 6 modules sold together. I don't think there's any special feature needed for it on a motherboard other than Triple-Channel support and 6 memory slots.
http://www.geil.com.tw/products/list/id/47

But, here's a list by Geil of the motherboards that support it. All i7 based upon X58 Express chipset.
http://www.geil.com.tw/uploads/download_files/3c51469c5...

From the advice above, sounds like you're better off with only 3 slots filled if planning on OCing. And do you really need 12GBs of RAM?
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September 29, 2009 3:42:10 PM

Mongox said:
Best as I can tell, Hexa-Channel is just a marketing term made up by Geil to use in selling their kits of 6 modules sold together. I don't think there's any special feature needed for it on a motherboard other than Triple-Channel support and 6 memory slots.
http://www.geil.com.tw/products/list/id/47

But, here's a list by Geil of the motherboards that support it. All i7 based upon X58 Express chipset.
http://www.geil.com.tw/uploads/download_files/3c51469c5...

From the advice above, sounds like you're better off with only 3 slots filled if planning on OCing. And do you really need 12GBs of RAM?


I linked a search I did and Geil is not the only company with it right now. I understand using less DIMM slots will be better for Over-clocking, but look at these RAM sets... I want the Corsair if I get one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


My current PC, I am using 4x2GB sticks and I have a 1.13GHz OC no issues at all.
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September 29, 2009 8:41:22 PM

No motherboard or processor on the market supports hexachannel right now. However, almost all i7 boards support tri channel with 2 DIMMS per channel, allowing 6 sticks overall.
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