Doube bank, single banks,memory slow down?

My motherboard Ga-X48 DQ6 supports only 8 Gig of ram. DDR2

I was thinking of getting 2 sticks of 4 gigs to keep the slot use to 2 slots
and so not slow down the memory system by using all 4 slots.

BUT I read an article that ( I think) indicated the "slow down" was NOT
using all 4 slots but by having 4 BANKS of ram being used.....?

That the 4 gig sticks used 2 banks each. So that by spending a LOT
of extra money and buying two 4 gig sticks of ram (2 banks each- total 4 banks)
I would end up just as slow as filling my 4 slots with four (single bank) 2 gig sticks of ram!

Of course I also don't know even IF my motherboard can even use 4 gig sticks of ram.
The memory support list at Gigabyte website only list up to 2 gig sticks.

Thoughts very welcome,
Thanks,
jmc2
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  1. Don't believe everything you read. I run 4 x 2 GB modules in my systems and they run fine. I use G.Skill DDR2-800 with 4-4-4-12 timings and I have no problems running them at the rated speed. While I have P45 based motherboards, I doubt they are better than X48 based motherboards. If I were you I'd use 4 x 2 GB quality modules.
  2. GhislainG said:
    Don't believe everything you read. I run 4 x 2 GB modules in my systems and they run fine. I use G.Skill DDR2-800 with 4-4-4-12 timings and I have no problems running them at the rated speed. While I have P45 based motherboards, I doubt they are better than X48 based motherboards. If I were you I'd use 4 x 2 GB quality modules.



    Yes, that seems to be the way to go. Sure saves me a good bit of money!
    (going to have to make sure my next motherboard can use more then just 8 Gigs)

    Thanks,
    jmc2
  3. I have a few socket 775 systems that can use 4 x 4 GB modules, but they are expensive and they require much looser timings, e.g., 6-6-6-18 instead of 4-4-4-12.
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