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Mixing RAM of two different timings

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February 22, 2012 5:25:49 PM

It should work. It may just cause the ram to run at the slower timing.
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February 22, 2012 5:32:01 PM

Two different types of ram = Bad (it is well known that you need to stay consistant with ram.

Two different timings = bad (can cause stability issues etc)

The main concern is Voltage which both have 1.5v rating...if these were different you could fry the lesser rated.

It might work, but it also can be unstable. Your risk. I would never do it if it was my gear.
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February 22, 2012 6:24:51 PM

i did it for many years. no problems.
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February 22, 2012 7:29:12 PM

Mixing non-identical memory, even if the timings appear the same, is a crapshoot. It used to be a non-issue but as DDR has gotten faster and faster, tolerances have all but disappeared.

You can get lucky with it but if you have any plans for overclocking, forget it. Overclocking and mixed memory are almost a certain fail.
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February 22, 2012 7:49:45 PM

sewalk said:
Mixing non-identical memory, even if the timings appear the same, is a crapshoot. It used to be a non-issue but as DDR has gotten faster and faster, tolerances have all but disappeared.

You can get lucky with it but if you have any plans for overclocking, forget it. Overclocking and mixed memory are almost a certain fail.



True. when i mixed it was back in the day. Right now i have 2 x 2gb sticks, 2 x 4gb sticks. Same Brand, voltage, timing and everything.

I would just save and get a 8gb kit, or buy 2 4gb kits.
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February 23, 2012 1:22:51 PM

Thanks to ALL for the advice. Saved me money and hassle. THANKS!
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March 7, 2012 3:22:28 PM

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March 9, 2012 2:46:38 AM

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