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Memory mix and match ? (different models or different memory sizes)

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April 28, 2011 6:20:39 AM

My System Config is
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor- BE
Seagate 1TB HDD
G.Skill 2GB *2 RAM F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

now If I want to expand the memory what is the best/cost effective way of doing it ?

1. Do I get another 4GB of same model ($42 at newegg) and add it or

2. can I get an 8GB model of Sniper (2x 4GB) on sale for ($59) and add that ?

3. any other alternative?

Purpose: I use it as my dev. box mostly multi-tasking - VS/Eclipse/different emulators

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April 28, 2011 7:45:41 AM

While mixing memory, the few things you can do to maintain best performance is to check if both the modules are rated at the same speed, have similar latency timings and have same operating voltages.. All these check out for your current memory sticks and the 8GB modules you wish to purchase.. Thus, I don't see a reason as to why they won't work together.. More importantly, your kind of work requires as much memory as possible.. So go ahead and get those Sniper modules.. They will work nicely..
April 28, 2011 8:07:07 AM

thanks for the quick reply. So will end up with 12 GB configured as 2 x 2GB sticks + 2 x 4GB sticks. I assume that should not be a problem as well.

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April 28, 2011 8:19:16 AM

Yes.. It should not be a problem..
May 5, 2011 5:25:33 AM

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