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October 1, 2009 9:47:07 PM

Hello all. New here, name is Derik from Boise, ID.

I just recently decided to "try" and get back into the computer scene from being absent for many years. I got my work cut out for me, and already have ran into a noob mistake.

Have my build setup on newegg and waiting it out a bit to watch prices, but among it all I decided to order my memory.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Above is memory of course, and recieved in mail today. After recieving it then talking to a friend who knows a bit more then me, he informs me triple channel memory does not work with the i5/i7. After confirming it, except for the high end i7 which I won't take advantage of I am sitting here with this memory that to my knowledge is useless. Figured I would go AMD instead, but seems from my research I'm at a dead end there.

Does having 3 chips make it "triple channel" and I could just use 2/3 of them, or is it anything internal. I am about to file a return with newegg to order some dual chan memory. If anyone could be assitance and guiding me the right way I would appreciate it. Here is my full build that can change need be. Was waiting till holidays to watch for any specials/price drop since I'm in no hurry. Build is minus the ram...

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks in advance :pfff: 

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October 1, 2009 11:02:07 PM

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October 1, 2009 11:16:14 PM

"Triple" or "dual" channel memory is a feature of the memory controller in the CPU or chipset, not of the DIMM modules themselves. You can buy DIMM modules in pairs or triplets to simplify getting the right number of chips, but in fact it makes absolutely no difference if you put 2 chips from a 3-chip kit into a dual-channel memory controller, or vice versa (assuming the memory is of the correct type, speed and voltage).

The only issue is that you won't be getting maximum potential performance if you don't have the right multiple for the system (ie, 2, 4, 6 modules for a dual-channel system, 3, 6 modules for a 3-channel system). And even, while the difference might show up in a benchmark, it wouldn't be noticable when you use the system.
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October 1, 2009 11:37:34 PM

Okay. I will just return it and get dual chan. No use it having an extra stick laying around being a waste of money I guess.
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October 2, 2009 6:18:22 AM

If you've got the empty sockets for it there's no reason why you can't use all three modules. Just make sure to put it in the right combination of sockets as indicated by your motherboard manual.

The "odd" module won't perform quite as well as the other modules (it has no other module to pair up with to improve throughput), but the benefit of having more RAM is far greater than the very minor performance hit of having a module with no partner.
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October 2, 2009 6:41:02 AM

Stealth2k said:
Hello all. New here, name is Derik from Boise, ID.

I just recently decided to "try" and get back into the computer scene from being absent for many years. I got my work cut out for me, and already have ran into a noob mistake.

Have my build setup on newegg and waiting it out a bit to watch prices, but among it all I decided to order my memory.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Above is memory of course, and recieved in mail today. After recieving it then talking to a friend who knows a bit more then me, he informs me triple channel memory does not work with the i5/i7. After confirming it, except for the high end i7 which I won't take advantage of I am sitting here with this memory that to my knowledge is useless. Figured I would go AMD instead, but seems from my research I'm at a dead end there.

Does having 3 chips make it "triple channel" and I could just use 2/3 of them, or is it anything internal. I am about to file a return with newegg to order some dual chan memory. If anyone could be assitance and guiding me the right way I would appreciate it. Here is my full build that can change need be. Was waiting till holidays to watch for any specials/price drop since I'm in no hurry. Build is minus the ram...

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks in advance :pfff: 


Read This:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/6gb-ddr3-x58,2372.h...

The same memory was used in dual-channel packages in the highest-priced System Builder Marathon machine because it's soooo good that you wouldn't want to pay more for heat spreaders that actually hinder performance. Here's the link to the dual-channel kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 2, 2009 4:13:03 PM

So keep it, and use it. Or return it for only 2 and go 4 gig dual chan. What would YOU do? At work, and will look at the links below. Thanks for feedback.

-Stealth2k
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October 2, 2009 4:43:42 PM

Stealth2k said:
So keep it, and use it. Or return it for only 2 and go 4 gig dual chan. What would YOU do? At work, and will look at the links below. Thanks for feedback.

-Stealth2k


I hate to waste a module...you could buy another set if you had two other computer to put the resulting second and third dual-channel kits into.
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October 2, 2009 9:38:18 PM

I'm returning it, blah! Waste of time and money. Wouldn't use the other stick for anything so will just return it and order the dual chan of the same type from newegg. 20 buck restocking fee -_-
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