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October 12, 2010 3:15:14 PM

Is it better to have 6gb in an i7 system in a 3 x 2gb configuration or a 6 x 1gb? Does the latter offer any significant benefits over the former? I'm not really worried about using all six slots on my motherboard so don't take into consideration expansion concerns in your reply. Thanks.

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a c 346 } Memory
October 12, 2010 4:40:43 PM
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3X2 GB - 1366/X58 is most efficient in Tri Channel than Hexa Channel. Also, what are you going to do in the 6x1 if you need more RAM?
October 13, 2010 5:59:32 AM

jaquith said:
3X2 GB - 1366/X58 is most efficient in Tri Channel than Hexa Channel. Also, what are you going to do in the 6x1 if you need more RAM?


Six gigs is plenty for my purposes, so adding more memory is not concern. That's what I said in my original message if you read it, so next time please do so.
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October 13, 2010 7:28:26 AM

Its never advisable to load all the memory banks.. So, even if you do not have any future memory expansion plans, the 3 x 2GB configuration is more ideal.. Speed and latency is left to your choice and requirements..
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October 13, 2010 9:31:07 AM

3x2Gb will put less strain on the mobo and memory voltage than 6x1gb.
October 13, 2010 5:38:07 PM

Also, it should be easier to overclock 3X2 than 6X1. And it should go higher.
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October 13, 2010 6:02:31 PM

ragingmercenary said:
Six gigs is plenty for my purposes, so adding more memory is not concern. That's what I said in my original message if you read it, so next time please do so.

Never say Never & Never say Always - 3X2GB @ 1600 MHz CAS 9 or 8 @ ~1.6v is the ideal. If you 'ever' add then use another 'matched' set with same Type, Speed, CAS, Voltage as the first.

Good Luck! :) 
October 14, 2010 1:15:10 AM

jaquith said:
Never say Never & Never say Always - 3X2GB @ 1600 MHz CAS 9 or 8 @ ~1.6v is the ideal. If you 'ever' add then use another 'matched' set with same Type, Speed, CAS, Voltage as the first.

Good Luck! :) 


Funny you say that, but I did not say either never or always :) 
Thanks for the advice though!
a c 346 } Memory
October 14, 2010 1:21:29 AM

Just watching your 6!
October 18, 2010 4:17:49 PM

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