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August 20, 2011 8:28:02 AM

I'm planning to upgrade my ram soon and I need help,

I currently have the Asus Crosshair Formula IV with this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2x4gb 1333mhz CAS 7)

I want to upgrade to 12 gb 2x8gb ram and was curious if you can ?
I would get the same brand and such but is it possible to mixing and matching it ?

I need the 12gb ram for Video Editing and Gaming too. If you could help me thank you!

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August 20, 2011 9:09:08 AM

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I currently have the Asus Crosshair Formula IV with this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104140 (2x4gb 1333mhz CAS 7)
You mean 2x2GB my friend...
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I want to upgrade to 12 gb 2x8gb ram
Again you mean 2x4GB of RAM for a total of 8GB.

Well of course you can mix match any DDR3 on the market. It may happen they're not compatible either together or the mobo doesn'T support both models. But it is very rare and you could always do a BIOS update to correct that if it's the case.

Anyways, mixing RAMs mean that the system will use the slower RAM speed speed and latencies as default for every RAM sticks. But it is not a problem at all, the important thing is to get more RAM for video editing^^

Also with 12GB of RAM you could use 4GB for system swap, and the remaining 8GB as regular RAM. It would speed up loads by a large margin you know. :-)
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August 20, 2011 1:33:02 PM

Actually mixing RAM can result in a lot of headaches. You can try it but there are no guarantees and often two different types of RAM won't play nice together. If you check any of the RAM support forums you'll see the problems with mixing RAM.

Since you are using a Dual Channel CPU/Mobo you'd be better off with 8 Gb. or 16 Gb. as 12 Gb. will revert to single channel operation, which will be slower than dual channel.
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May 11, 2014 3:28:49 AM

ipenguins said:
I'm planning to upgrade my ram soon and I need help,

I currently have the Asus Crosshair Formula IV with this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2x4gb 1333mhz CAS 7)

I want to upgrade to 12 gb 2x8gb ram and was curious if you can ?
I would get the same brand and such but is it possible to mixing and matching it ?

I need the 12gb ram for Video Editing and Gaming too. If you could help me thank you!


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