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4 ram slot dual channel config question

Last response: in Memory
May 24, 2011 7:27:31 PM

Suppose I have 4 ram slots. Do I have to have 4 matched sticks to get full dual channel benefits? Or can I have, say, 2x4GB and 2x2GB and still get full dual channel benefits from both pairs?

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May 25, 2011 1:31:59 AM

You can use two different matched sets. I have 12GB of G.Skill Ripjaws X RAM in my Sandy Bridge system -- one 2x4GB kit and one 2x2GB kit. I get the full dual-channel benefits from it. As long as both channels have the same amount of RAM, it works perfectly.
June 4, 2011 1:31:12 PM

Best answer selected by Pacopag.
June 6, 2011 3:38:03 PM

But putting too many sticks puts more stress on the CPU right?