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

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.
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  1. 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.
  2. Would filling all the slots make it any more unstable in any way? Or does it really not make much of a difference?
  3. If you currently have F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ then either get another kit of F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ <or> file-13/eBay the old.

    For the money, the PV7324G1600ELHK kit is an unbelievable value http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220497 or http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-PC3-12800-9-9-9-24-Enhanced-PV7324G1600ELHK/dp/B003WUX30E
  4. Hello!

    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?
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