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DOES AMD support Channel Supported Triple Channel ?

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May 19, 2010 10:34:34 AM

Hi guys,
I'm planning to build a new desktop and planning to get the new AMD Phenom II X6 1090T.. but I can't seem to find a motherboard that allow to use this cpu, but support "TRIPLE CHANNEL" memory ram like Intel..

Does triple channel is ONLY FOR INTEL????
May 19, 2010 11:11:52 AM

Nope, triple channel memory (aka DDR3) is not exclusive to Intel motherboard. AMD also has DDR3 capable motherboards.
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May 19, 2010 11:26:41 AM

DDR3 does not mean triple channel. They are different technologies. AMD does not support triple channel ram. You can still use DDR3, but only in dual channel mode. This won't matter for the most part.
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May 19, 2010 3:40:03 PM

4745454b said:
DDR3 does not mean triple channel. They are different technologies. AMD does not support triple channel ram. You can still use DDR3, but only in dual channel mode. This won't matter for the most part.


Is triple channel mode significantly faster than dual channel or only by a margin??? If it is really faster.. i guess going intel would be a better move?
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May 19, 2010 8:47:08 PM

Depends on what your doing. Not everything responds to memory speed increases.
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May 19, 2010 8:56:47 PM

4745454b said:
Depends on what your doing. Not everything responds to memory speed increases.


Would gaming be noticeable better and smoothly using triple channel mode?
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May 19, 2010 9:07:27 PM

No, you wouldn't notice any difference at all between dual channel and triple channel RAM when gaming.

stridervm said:
Nope, triple channel memory (aka DDR3) is not exclusive to Intel motherboard. AMD also has DDR3 capable motherboards.

It looks like somebody needs to do some more research before offering advice about RAM in the forums.
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May 19, 2010 10:13:54 PM

Agreed with stuff. Gaming wouldn't show any benefit to triple channel ram. You'd need have scientific programs or things that show sensitivity to ram speeds for it to pay off.
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May 20, 2010 3:45:37 AM

The difference between running in dual channel and triple channel with ddr3 isn't just speed. It's the memory bandwidth too. For example, in dual channel you are running your mem at 128 bit bandwidth, in triple channel you are running your mem at 192 bit bandwidth. Basically your pushing more data thru the pipes in triple channel than in dual channel.
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May 20, 2010 6:12:58 AM

Ok, which means what? If gaming requires mostly a strong CPU to crunch data and a stronger GPU to render the pixels, how much memory do you need? Keep in mind that bandwidth is made up of not only the bit width, but the clock speed of the ram.
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May 20, 2010 12:11:58 PM

for example i'm able to push thru more data thru the cpu to get things accomplished faster.



running this vm which was using 4.6gig of mem at the time in windows while using IE8 in windows 7 folding Extremely Large WU's for Folding@Home.



is what I was able to accomplish, and the cpu was running at 3.2 ghz I7-920 with 3x2gb running at 1600fsb.
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July 22, 2012 7:25:14 PM

I am in school and were supposed to "build" a computer for $875. one of the requirements is to have triple channel memory. I believe that the only sockets that support at least triple channel are 1366 and 2011(quad channel) right? CPUs for these are limited and very expensive. any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
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