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Dual channel/triple channel ram

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November 22, 2009 6:21:58 AM

this might be a stupid questions but i just want to make sure...
will triple channel memory work work on a dual channel motherboard?

from what i gather the RAM is totally the same but triple channel memory is sold in multiples of 3

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November 22, 2009 6:37:29 AM

Yes the memory chips are the same. The difference is in the memory controller on the motherboard, not the chips. The triple channel will work on the dual channel motherboard - of course you will want to install 2 or 4 rather than 3 if the motherboard supports dual channel memory.
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November 22, 2009 6:56:21 AM

ok thanks for the info i thought that was the case but i just wanted to make sure.

if i install 3 mem sticks in dual channel will that kill all benefits of dual channel?
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November 22, 2009 8:28:27 AM

It depends on the motherboard - the manual should tell you. However, most will automatically revert to single channel with 3 sticks.
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November 22, 2009 8:29:56 AM

rockyjohn said:
It depends on the motherboard - the manual should tell you. However, most will automatically revert to single channel with 3 sticks.


alright thanks again
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November 22, 2009 7:56:14 PM

in the case of the nehalem cpus and x58/p55 mptherboards, the memory controller is on the cpu/ like wise for amd cpus
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