4 sticks vs 2 sticks in Dual Channel

Which one would be better? 4 sticks or 2 sticks in Dual Channel memory? (4x4GB or 2x8GB) I used to think that if you had all 4 ram slots filled, you would take more advantage of the dual channel memory, but I did some research and I heard people say that it is slower compared to running on 2 sticks because it gets processed faster. Thanks in advance!
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  1. Some mobos run better and faster just with two sticks. And to have the option for a future upgrade buy 2X8GB.
  2. ibangcolors said:
    Which one would be better? 4 sticks or 2 sticks in Dual Channel memory? (4x4GB or 2x8GB) I used to think that if you had all 4 ram slots filled, you would take more advantage of the dual channel memory, but I did some research and I heard people say that it is slower compared to running on 2 sticks because it gets processed faster. Thanks in advance!

    I'd go 2x8GB and also less sticks, less room for the bad stick.

    What Windows do u have?

    The speed is visible only through benchmarks, nothing that u will be able to ever notice in real life : )
  3. I'm currently running windows7 x64 bit. I did some research and heard people say that the more slots are filled, the more strain it puts on your memory controller and the harder it will be to overclock. Also, right now the 4x4GB kits are cheaper than the 2x8GB kits, but the 2x8GB kits have a higher CAS latency compared to the 4x4GB kits. So I'm kind of in a debate right now.
  4. ibangcolors said:
    I'm currently running windows7 x64 bit. I did some research and heard people say that the more slots are filled, the more strain it puts on your memory controller and the harder it will be to overclock. Also, right now the 4x4GB kits are cheaper than the 2x8GB kits, but the 2x8GB kits have a higher CAS latency compared to the 4x4GB kits. So I'm kind of in a debate right now.

    windows7 x64 bit what? Home or Pro....what version?

    Nothing u will be ever to notice, that ...and the harder it will be to overclock.

    How far are u going to OC? Beyond 5GHz, maybe it will be to overclock there, but less than that, no problem.
  5. Windows 7 Ultimate.

    nikorr said:
    Nothing u will be ever to notice, that ...and the harder it will be to overclock.

    How far are u going to OC? Beyond 5GHz, maybe it will be to overclock there, but less than that, no problem.


    Will the frequency of the ram play a factor in that or no?
  6. Windows 7 Ultimate, OK, u can use more than 16GB RAM : )

    Will the frequency of the ram play a factor in that or no?
    What is your CPU? 2500K/2600K up to 4.6GHz no.
  7. currently have a i5 2500k at stock. what will achieve me a greater speed than 4.6Ghz? what frequency ram would i need or limit to?
  8. What is your mobo?

    And the CPU cooler? Stock?
  9. using the h100 from corsair
  10. What is your mobo?
  11. nikorr said:
    What is your mobo?


    sorry forgot to include that. this is the mb im currently using http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
  12. U are just fine.

    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    Industry leading Digital 16 Phase Power Design - (12 -phase for CPU, 4 -phase for iGPU)
  13. And your PSU?
  14. So is there a limit to the speed that I can overclock my CPU to and the frequency of the ram?
  15. Using the xfx 1000w platinum certified one.
  16. And the GPU's?
  17. running a single 7970 now, but might get another one later on for crossfire.
  18. ibangcolors said:
    running a single 7970 now, but might get another one later on for crossfire.

    So, u have plenty of juice : )
  19. so what will my limits be? for the cpu and the ram frequency.
  20. If u managed 5.2GHz, it is OK.
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