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Does adding new ddr3 Ram need to match?

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April 4, 2011 5:56:58 PM

I currently have 2X 1Gb DDr 3 Patriot ram (it has the metal plates around the ram).
The motherboard is a Biostart 870+ with 4 slots, 2 different colors.
Do I need to get another set of dual channel memories?
If I just get a single 2GB kingston ram what will happen, will I lose performance?
Should the new ram I get have the metal heat sinks around the ram sticks also?
I will be adding for more performance in media core games (battlefield bad company 2)
My video card is pny gts 250

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April 4, 2011 6:08:07 PM

For highest performance, you should get a set of dual channel ram. In practical terms, you would not lose much if you just got 1 stick of ram, less than 2% loss.
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April 4, 2011 6:08:15 PM

Hi.

1- If you install a single 2GB stick your RAM will not run in dual channel, that means less performance.
2- If you prefer avoid possible compatibility problems, is recommendable that you add the same RAM model that you currently have. If you can't, then add a RAM with same specifications that your current one.
3- 4GB is the basic RAM for a gaming rig today, you will see a difference but with a better GPU will see a better one.
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April 4, 2011 11:05:21 PM

I dont think I can find the same model on newegg.
So its either a dual channel set or a single 2gb stick
And I dont know if i should get one with the metal plate heatsink on it or not.
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April 5, 2011 3:32:02 AM

If you can't find the same model, go with a kit with similar specs.
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April 7, 2011 12:42:20 AM

What if i buy just another 1 single GB ram
If I later add the identical one will it still work dual channel?
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April 7, 2011 3:53:43 AM

Yeah, but while you keep the 2x1GB plus 1x1GB you RAM will not run in dual channel.
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April 7, 2011 6:29:07 AM

Sounds good
The reason I ask is its literally 14 bucks for a single stick
Cant go wrong
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April 7, 2011 6:53:02 AM


do the heatsink plates make any noteable difference?
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a c 163 } Memory
April 7, 2011 1:07:16 PM

Like all components, those heatsink are for heat dissipation and less heat means better performance.
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