12GB triple channel or 16GB dual channel?

I currently have 6GB of RAM (3x2gb sticks) on my GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R and I need to upgrade it to make better use of my Adobe CS 5.5 software. I am also using Win7 Ultimate 64bit.

The info on my motherboard says it is capable of running dual and triple channel DDR3 memory and I was wondering if the advantages of running 12 gigs in triple channel is outweighed by running 16 gigs in dual channel.

I am inclined to think the efficiency of 3 channel 12GB would be better than the 16GB in dual but I wanted to confirm this with people with more knowledge before I pull the trigger on it.

Thank you,
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  1. Really? 60 views and nobody has anything to say on the subject? :??:
  2. Triple channel is better only if you don't need more than 12GB.
  3. Well, my motherboard can handle up to 16GB and Adobe After Effects requires a lot of RAM to do playback with all the effects layers. I just wasn't sure if the extra 4 gigs of memory in dual channel would actually give better performance than a slightly lower amount of memory in three channels. 12 will work just fine, but I wanted to maximize the performance of my computer.

    So just to be clear, am I to take it that you are, indeed, saying 16 gigs in dual channel is still better than 12 in three channel?
  4. Dual-channel memory is faster than reading from the hard disk or an SSD. The motherboard will operate in flex memory mode (it will be displayed during POST) when 4 modules are installed.

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  5. Best answer
    Go for the 16GB dual channel :)
  6. Best answer selected by dmosier.
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