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January 12, 2012 3:15:54 PM

The motherboard Z68 says it supports Dual channel i don't really understand what channels are as far as i can tell its just how

many memory sticks are in a package but i wanna get a 4x4 set for my friend for his birthday but i don't know if his z68 will allow

that it says support to 32gb of memory but its back to that channel thing.

I did read the sticky but it didn't really help my understanding

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January 12, 2012 4:10:43 PM

Assuming you get memory that is less than the mobo's max speed, it should work, as long as the mobo has 4 memory slots (i.e. if mobo supports DDR3 2100 then you can buy DDR3 1333, 1600, 1866, 2100; but if it only supports DDR3 1333, then a DDR3 1600 will still probably work, but only run at DDR3 1333, so you wasted money)

Dual-, triple-, and quad-channel should only affect performance.
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January 12, 2012 4:11:44 PM

you have to buy memory marked that will work dual channel go to the mobo maker to get the supported list of memory
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January 12, 2012 4:28:28 PM

Covering the couple unanswered questions, 'Stick' refers to the individual RAM. Next, 4x4GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 is the Sandy Bridge (Z68 chipset) sweet-spot.

Here's a few choices ->

They will all operate well, so IMO choose the set that is best color coordinated to your friend's MOBO. Typically ASUS are Blue or Black/Red, Gigabyte Blue or Black...
January 18, 2012 11:55:55 PM

Best answer selected by FattyPatty.
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January 19, 2012 6:39:11 AM

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