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Difference between memory kits and single memory modules

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a b } Memory
a b V Motherboard
February 11, 2010 12:28:11 PM

I can't understand what is the difference between memory kits and single memory module. I have seen prices of module kit more than the individual modules of same memory.
a b } Memory
a b V Motherboard
February 11, 2010 12:39:47 PM

Usually, the 2 sticks are guaranteed to work together as a pair. (Not that this is a big problem normally) They come from the same lot, or batch, or run at the factory supposedly, other than that, there is no real advantage.
a b } Memory
a b V Motherboard
February 11, 2010 12:46:18 PM

THe difference is that the kits are pre tested to ensure that they work together at the same settings - Modules of the same line will still vary slightly and buying 2 seperate modules on different days\weeks of production can result in them not working well together - so buying them in a kit ensures that you are getting 2 modules from the same production and that they have already been tested to perform together. (mainly it is for users that OC their systems and need both (or all 3 if using triple channel) modules will perform equally so that as you OC them the system remains stable - normally the cost is very close to 2 single modules and sometimes even less since you are buying multiples but there are times when 2 individual modules will cost less.

In most cases unless you are pushing your system OCs the 2 individual models from the same brand will be fine - since they are from the same manufacturer but there are occasions when 2 modules will have come from 2 different factory runs and may have slight differences so when you want that added little performance matching it is best to buy them in kits.
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