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RAM: 2 sets of 2 modules or one set of four modules?

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December 1, 2011 10:03:45 PM

Hi guys

I'm building an X79 system and I am about to choose 16 gigs of RAM. I plan to assign 10 gig as a RAM drive, leaving 6 for the system.

Would it be better to go for a single four-DIMM set or for a couple of two-DIMM sets? All DIMMS are Corsair Vengeance of the same exact spec, the only difference is the number of modules per set.

For some the single 4-DIMM set would be preferable because all four modules are supposedly matched with each other, whereas if I choose two 2-DIMM sets the modules in those are only matched within each individual pair. Does it make any difference in stability or performance?

Thanks in advance for any replies!
a c 251 } Memory
December 2, 2011 1:01:52 AM

The set of four is supposedly selected to work together and not have any issues. 2 x 2 of the same will work together 99.99% percent of the time.
a b } Memory
December 2, 2011 1:04:55 AM

+1

The only difference is that the manufacturer put 4 in that box and 2 in that box.

You can be pretty confident that the 4 are coming from the very same production set whereas 2 boxes of two could be made months apart.

It doesn't really matter, but the safest bet for them to work without problems is 1 box of 4.
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