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Dual channel with separate sticks

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July 20, 2012 6:20:11 PM

I'm looking into buying ram and if I buy one stick of 8gb then an identical one later on will it run in dual channel mode or will I have to buy a kit of 2x8gb ram
a b } Memory
July 20, 2012 6:24:49 PM

You can buy the second stick later and then run in dual channel mode. Just make sure to match the first stick exactly.
July 21, 2012 12:43:43 AM

Dual Channel means you need 2 sticks otherwise you will cause problems for the bios, and the OS. Don't short-change your system, always check the motherboard specs for compatibility of ram.

Just get 2 x 4gb of ram, it's all you will ever use and need, ever. Usually, 1066mhz is the mid-range for ram but make sure you check your manual or the motherboard sepcs on the manufacturer site.
a b } Memory
July 21, 2012 2:31:11 AM

"you need 2 sticks otherwise you will cause problems for the bios, and the OS"

This is not true. Do not spread falsehoods around. Running in single mode won't hurt a thing except your performance numbers.
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