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6gb or 12gb triple channel -- Asrock x58 Extreme

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March 10, 2012 4:00:40 AM

I have an ASRock X58 Extreme motherboard with 3 x 2gb of G.SKILL DDR1600 memory (6 gigs total). Links below:

Basically I'm considering upgrading to 12gigs of memory, not only because it's very inexpensive right now, but because there's a small chance I'll need it down the line due to my work (probably before I build a new rig). RAM considered below:

I'd buy 6 more gigs of the current RAM I have, but according to my mobo manual, I can only run at XMP 1600+ speeds with *one* stick per channel.... so all slots filled and it'll slow down. I guess this would be sort of a preemptive upgrade, since I do not know if the prices of that memory will go up or down in the future.

Any thoughts? I don't know how much predicting there is, but if this is going to be about as cheap as this RAM gets, maybe now is the time.
March 10, 2012 4:18:07 AM

Don't worry about losing the bandwidth when you use all the slots. I have yet to see anything over 1333 MHZ perform better in real world application than 1333 MHZ RAM. If you need it get it. I got 16 GB and I don't regret it though its only very specific tasks where having 16 helps me.
March 13, 2012 7:38:40 AM

Would filling all the slots make it any more unstable in any way? Or does it really not make much of a difference?
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July 6, 2012 5:47:43 PM


I am maybe off topic,

but I have the same motherboard add same RAM.

My question is why when I plug 3x2gb on white slots, a 64bits system (win7 and win8 tested) only sees 4gigs?

Can anybody help me?