/ Sign-up
Your question

Is it possible to use 3/4 RAM slots?

  • Memory
  • RAM
  • Dual Channel
Last response: in Memory
February 11, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Is it possible to use 3 out of 4 RAM slots? Have one pair in dual channel and the third stick in single? So like [l] [l] [l] [ ] . Also, can I mix and match from different manufacturers if they have the same specs? The reason I want to do this is because the one I have right now is too tall for my Hyper 212+ and interferes with the fan. So can I mix with

More about : ram slots

a c 347 } Memory
February 11, 2012 11:27:08 AM

Using 3 DIMM slots 'can' be done but you break the Dual Channel mode. However, mix-matching RAM is a 'bad' no 'really bad idea.' Simply move the fan up higher, the airflow difference won't make a noticeable difference. Otherwise go shopping for new RAM.
February 11, 2012 11:33:54 AM

What about having the same manufacturer in dual channel but a different manufacturer in the other dual channel so like [x] [x]
Related resources
a c 347 } Memory
February 11, 2012 11:56:26 AM

You're mixing IC's, still a mix. The worst mix is different manufacturers, and even 2 kits of say 2x2GB + 2x2GB is still a mix and even in the best case neither the Frequency nor CAS Timings are certain to work. In either case of 'mixing' you'll need to manually set the DRAM Frequency, CAS Timings, and DRAM Voltage for starters. Lastly, run intensive Memtest86+ overnight before assuming the mix is good.

There's nothing worst than getting a BSOD in the middle of doing something.

If the RAM is slower e.g. DDR3-1333 on an LGA 1155 then it's possible to find CAS timings that will work.

Q - what kits? ; provide links
Q - what MOBO?
Q - what CPU?

Best solution

a c 347 } Memory
February 11, 2012 12:43:19 PM

Hmm, the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9S-4GBR is hitting the CM 212+ HSF fan?? Move the fan 'up.'

Also, having a bunch of single DDR3-1600 CAS 9 together more than likely will not operate at it's single-stick (rated) Frequency/CAS, and there's a strongly likelihood you'll need to keep it running at DDR3-1333 in a mix and a mix with even (4) four of the same sticks together, and I absolutely would not use 'XMP' in the BIOS. I assume you haven't set the RAM and it's running at Default DDR3-1333.

If it were 'me' and you want 16GB then get one of these kits -> ; I know they fit the CM 212+ when properly installed.
February 11, 2012 2:17:53 PM

Best answer selected by samuelspark.
a c 146 } Memory
February 11, 2012 2:25:33 PM

This topic has been closed by Nikorr