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November 17, 2011 2:37:13 AM

Hi, I have 1x4 GB DDR3 RAM and I need to know is it single or dual channel?

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November 17, 2011 2:57:42 AM

If all you have is a single DIMM then it will obviously only operate in single channel mode.

Dual channel operation requires at least one matched pair of DIMMs with one DIMM installed in Channel A and the other DIMM installed in Channel B.
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November 17, 2011 3:03:39 AM

ko888 said:
If all you have is a single DIMM then it will obviously only operate in single channel mode.

Dual channel operation requires at least one matched pair of DIMMs with one DIMM installed in Channel A and the other DIMM installed in Channel B.


Is it worth it to get a second 4GB stick to increase performance?
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November 17, 2011 3:10:09 AM

Unless you need the extra RAM or just have some money burning a hole in your pocket stick with what you have. Your not going to get any real noticable difference by adding another stick.
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November 17, 2011 3:12:05 AM

jiyung said:
Is it worth it to get a second 4GB stick to increase performance?

Only get a module with the exact same memory timings and voltage. Even then it's not guaranteed to work properly. A dual channel kit is the best way to go.

At most, dual channel will give you up to a 5% increase in memory performance.
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November 23, 2011 11:25:31 PM

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