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June 29, 2012 5:05:39 PM

Hi everyone. I have just bought 2 single channel DDR3 4gb modules in separate packages because buying an 8 Gb (2x4gb) would be more expensive. Will the two modules operate in dual channel? Or will they not becuase they didn't come in a kit?

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June 29, 2012 5:36:02 PM

They'll work, and as long as they're the same brand, you shouldn't really have any issues. It IS possible that an unmatched pair will cause problems, but you should be ok.

Question though. Usually a single module is just half of what a Dual Channel kit costs, like this

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99

What RAM were you looking at that was any different?
June 29, 2012 5:41:28 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
They'll work, and as long as they're the same brand, you shouldn't really have any issues. It IS possible that an unmatched pair will cause problems, but you should be ok.

Question though. Usually a single module is just half of what a Dual Channel kit costs, like this

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99

What RAM were you looking at that was any different?

The single channel ones had discounts on them so i bought 2 corsair vengance 1600mhz CL9s instead of a 8gb kit
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June 29, 2012 5:43:17 PM

Ah, I got ya. You should be good, but if you ever have any random BSOD's, that would be my first guess as to why.
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