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December 23, 2010 1:06:49 AM

I am kinda new at this, so a little help would be nice.
Anyway I am getting a new Mobo The Asus Crosshair IV Formula. Is one stick of 4GB faster than 2-2GB sticks etc.
I suspect that the single stick would be faster.

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AL

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December 23, 2010 1:13:02 AM

This board is a dual channel board so you would probably see better performance by using 2x2GB sticks instead of 1 4GB stick. Even with 2x2GB setup you still have room for 2 more sticks so you wouldn't be missing out on anything ;)  Download the user manual for the board and see if it has any suggestions on RAM configuration.
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December 23, 2010 1:18:27 AM

Thanks
I will do that.

Al
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December 23, 2010 7:46:04 PM

Excellent Question!!! The answer is 1 stick per Channel. So Dual channel 2 sticks, Tri Channel 3 sticks. The reason is you can double or triple the 'potential' bandwidth; in reality there's switching that takes place, but the goal is to keep the the 'pipe' full.

Conversely, 2 sticks per channel is indeed slower. In any case not by much. Further, if you buy a single stick then you take the risk of miss-matching otherwise BIN sorted 'Sets' down the pike and may be stuck to a 2 stick configuration later on.
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December 23, 2010 8:12:25 PM

may i ask why your spending that sort of $$$ on that motherboard yet only going with ~4gb of ram? you do know that motherboard will perform (stock) exactly the same as a basic board right?
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December 29, 2010 4:35:16 PM

Not sure what you mean. I do plan on getting more memory down the road. Do all four sticks need to be from the same batch? I did like the idea of the upgraded audio onboard. What motherboard would u suggest.

I was going to get this chip AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz

4gbs of memory maybe 8gbs

I have a 750 watt power supply

I have a fermi 470 evga

Some older sata 500gband IDE drives

and an old alienware case



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December 29, 2010 6:32:51 PM

Normal:
Best = Set 2X_GB BIN Matched {the 'fastest' is a single set}
Worst = 2 sticks of _GB

Rendering:
Best = 4X_GB BIN Matched + Smartest
Good = 2 Sets of 2X_GB
Worst = 4 sticks of _GB

Smart = _GB all the same size and same part-numbers.
Dumb = Different part-numbers and/or different: sizes, CAS, voltage

Recommended Totals:
Non-Rendering = 4GB 64-bit, and 2GB 32-bit {4GB or ~3.5GB usable with 32-bit}.
Rendering = 8GB or more 64-bit, and 4GB 32-bit {~3.5GB usable with 32-bit}.

Rendering examples: Photoshop, CAD or 3D Rendering as a 'professional' or 'enthusiast'.
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December 30, 2010 1:13:44 PM

I really only use CPU for, PC games, internet, pictures and office suite stuff.

It seems like every three years or so the games need better hardware. Is this the right time to upgrade (MB, Memory, CPU or is something new (bulldozer) going to blow any current chips out of the water.
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December 30, 2010 1:52:31 PM

Then a 2X2GB Set CMP4GX3M2A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yep, Moore's Law {doubling speed every 2 years} http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law The newest SSD actually leap frogged the speed of SATA3 6Gb/s (600 MB/s) and are 740/720 MB/s for Read/Write. BTW - there's no SATA4! RevoDrive http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... Also, the newest 1,000 Core CPU {20X faster} http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1342100/...
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January 9, 2011 3:37:24 AM

Best answer selected by ClanGrant.
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