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6gb ram dual channel?

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July 12, 2012 12:58:09 AM

Hi. I've seen this question asked elsewhere, but I just gotta hear it again.

I'm looking for a new laptop and I'm seeing tons of ads for systems with 6gb "dual channel" ram. Should I believe this blindly? Am I to assume that it is a 2x2gb + 2x1gb ram configuration?

I really want true dual channel ram. How can I be sure?

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a c 146 } Memory
July 12, 2012 1:01:57 AM

Post the link to the add.
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July 12, 2012 1:04:18 AM

Here's one for example (look at the 15R)

http://www.dell.com/ca/p/laptops?~ck=mn

I even asked a dell tech what the config is. He didn't really sound like he knew what he was talking about, but he claimed you can get dual channel ram in a 1x4gb + 1x2gb configuration.
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a b } Memory
July 12, 2012 1:16:35 AM

Intel has flex memory mode.

This lets you run lets say a 4 and a 2 in dual channel. The catch is that once you get past 4 gigs(2 + the first 2 of the 4gig stick), the last stick will then run in single channel mode.

2 x 2 and 1 x 2 for 6 gigs is normal dual channel.

4 + 2 is Flex mode. Not that its all that bad(still better then 6gigs of single channel only) and many systems will call it dual channel.

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs...
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July 12, 2012 1:20:21 AM

Since that is Dell they most likely have it setup in a 2x2 and 1x2 for 6 gigs setup
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a c 146 } Memory
July 12, 2012 1:30:48 AM

Pacopag said:
Hi. I've seen this question asked elsewhere, but I just gotta hear it again.

I'm looking for a new laptop and I'm seeing tons of ads for systems with 6gb "dual channel" ram. Should I believe this blindly? Am I to assume that it is a 2x2gb + 2x1gb ram configuration?

I really want true dual channel ram. How can I be sure?

Smells fishy, its not dual channel for sure. Flex mode, OK, but its still not dual channel.
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July 12, 2012 2:11:36 AM

Best answer selected by Pacopag.
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July 12, 2012 2:12:02 AM

Quite cool. Thanks for your replies.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 12, 2012 2:15:14 AM

It runs in flex mode when different sizes of RAM are installed too.
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a c 146 } Memory
July 12, 2012 2:15:31 AM

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