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Triple Channel Ram Question

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August 11, 2010 12:42:51 AM

Hi I bought a new mobo AsRock x58 extreme, the one that supports triple channel memory. Can I buy two dual channel kits and put them in my motherboard and will it register the three ram modules at triple channel and the 4th at single? Or do I have to buy a triple channel kit for me to take advantage of triple channel? Can someone explain my situation to me, Thank you.
August 11, 2010 2:16:57 AM

1st thing: do you have a processor that supports triple channel RAM? 2nd thing: dual channel kits cannot work in triple channel mode. All 3 sticks have to be matched...
August 11, 2010 3:00:23 AM

Yeah I am going to get a i7-930, can I use 2x dual channel kits? are they matched for triple or does it have to be triple channel kit specifically?
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August 12, 2010 4:39:35 PM

Dual- and triple-channel kits are just packaging. It is the same as if you bought 2 or 3 identical individual modules. Nothing fancy here.

Triple-channel architectures only work as triple-channel when all 3 channels are populated with DIMMs (at least one DIMM). Otherwise, they will "downgrade" to dual-channel if you only populate 2 DIMMs.

If you buy 2 x dual-channel kits, that is the same as 4 x individual modules. You populate 3 of them across all of the channels to enable triple-channel mode, then you have one leftover as a 2nd DIMM in the first channel. Should work.
August 12, 2010 6:18:22 PM

Thank you
August 12, 2010 6:18:33 PM

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