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Triple Channel Question

My g/f sweetly bought me a Dell XPS model and not knowing any better only selected the 8GB DDR3 option instead of 12GB DDR3. The thought hadn't ever crossed my mind until I swapped out my graphics card that I'm only running in dual channel. I looked to see if I could buy the ram off newegg and they don't stock it. However, Dell does and wants $40 per 2GB stick. Is there anyway to add another 4GB (according to dell 12GB is the mobo max) without buying the exact memory? Do I just need to make sure it's the same Mhz and match up all the latencies? Or will I just need to buy 3 matching sticks?
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  1. Open up the laptop,,. the modules already inside should have the name of the company.

    Get the information and buy the exact same ram.
  2. It's a desktop already tried that they weren't name branded
  3. The sticker on the first DIMM is missing but upon further inspection the memory is Elpida 10600. I can't find anything but their laptop memory for sale. So can I use a different brand of memory that has the same frequency and clocks?
  4. It's usually not a good idea to mix RAM, which can lead to a lot of headaches. 8GB RAM is usually enough for most applications.
  5. Best answer
    Download CPUz from techpowerup and it'll tell you all about the RAM, you can then look for a set of RAMs that have the same specs and voltages. It'll work fine

    Here check these out
    http://www.myshopping.com.au/PR--325309_Kingston_KFJ_PM313_4G_4GB_DDR3_RAM__fs_53334_e__

    One of these is bound to match the timings of your present RAM, and that you'll easily get from CPUz.
  6. 8GB is enough for most peoples needs.

    What will you be using this PC for?

    What is the Model? Link please.
    It might not even be able to run triple channel anyway.
    I find that triple channel does not give such an improvement anyway.
  7. http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/studio-xps-435/pd

    The main reason why I would like to upgrade to at least 12GB is because I'm going to be installing a 256GB SSD as a boot drive. In doing so, I would like disable the swap file system. After doing research and reading a bit about doing that, I've read that doing so with 8GB or less memory is unstable and that 12GB is minimum and 16GB is recommended. Plus I figured the extra memory bandwidth couldn't hurt.

    Also, when I was searching for the link of my computer, I noticed that it says expandable to 24GB. The Dell tech told me 12GB though so I'm not sure which to believe.
  8. Dual Channel works and 8GB is plenty, see below. comments removed by Jaquith.

  9. jaquith said:
    Dual Channel works and 8GB is plenty, see below. Interesting accepting expensive items from a girl, hopefully you got her something considerably more expensive as a man.

    http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/Jaquith/DDR3_GA.jpg


    I'm well aware that 8GB works and that it's a considerable amount of memory, but apparently you failed to read my latest post.
  10. RunninRedline said:
    The main reason why I would like to upgrade to at least 12GB is because I'm going to be installing a 256GB SSD as a boot drive. In doing so, I would like disable the swap file system. After doing research and reading a bit about doing that, I've read that doing so with 8GB or less memory is unstable and that 12GB is minimum and 16GB is recommended. Plus I figured the extra memory bandwidth couldn't hurt.

    Also, when I was searching for the link of my computer, I noticed that it says expandable to 24GB. The Dell tech told me 12GB though so I'm not sure which to believe.


    This is simply not correct. If needed reduce the 'swap file' to the HDD or reduce it to 2GB and leave it on the SSD.

    comments removed by Jaquith.
  11. Let's just leave the missus out of this discussion.

    @PO

    If you are unsure what RAM to get, just get another 4GB of another brand with same spec. If it is not working with your existing RAM, then buy another pair of the same to get 3x4GB. Simple solution and DDR3 is really cheap.
  12. jaquith said:
    I have a wife and in particular a daughter, you shouldn't have posted the personal info in the first place buddy. I found it offensive.

    Your prior post is nonsense.


    Prior post is nonsense? Here's the article outlining what I'm talking about posted by the very people who host these forums http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778-7.html
  13. alyoshka posted the solution. Download and run cpuz. Two tabs at the top one memory (Shows what it is running, ie daul channel and cl values), 2nd tab is spd and will show:
    Brand
    Part Number
    Voltage/CL ratings that it will run at
    An XMP rating that can be used by selecting it in BIOS(most new MBs)

    Added, on Virtual memory
    While some recomment that you can delete it with => 8 Gigs ram, it is recommended that you set to a low value, and set the MIN and MAX to that value. I use 1024 Gig on my 8 gig systems and 512 m on my 16 gig System.
  14. I've read Igor's post before. Read what I edited in my prior post

    Prior page - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778-6.html
    Quote:
    There is no real need for 16 GB of RAM, though. Ditto with 12GB.


    If you want to argue or discuss personal matters then PM me. I'll promptly reply. ;)
  15. Do not start again RunninRedline!

    Also, you don't really have to get 12 or 16GB of RAM for SSD. You can also move the page file to the HDD if you are really on a tight budget after getting an SSD.
  16. Best answer selected by runninredline.
  17. And I got banned from the forum for a week when we were discussing about the Ageia PhysX card, can you believe that!!! I didn't even get personal with the others to this level...... What a discussion.... this is really unbelievable.... Now the Mod needs to close this thread ASAP....
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