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Dual Channel DDR3 in Different Brand ?

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September 5, 2012 12:40:01 PM

I'm running on 2GB x6 (Corsair XMS3) , but recently one stick failed.
But I couldn't find this model of ram anymore in my local store.

Therefore here comes my question.

Can I run...

2GB x4(1600 C9) + 4GB x2(1600 C9 same brand same module XMS3 )

or

2GB x4(1600 C9) + 2GB x2 (same brand diffent module Vengeance 1600 C9)

or

same as above but in different brand & same module on the other 2 slots.
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September 5, 2012 4:37:10 PM

The brand of the RAM is completely insignificant since you really only have about 3 companies making the actual DRAM chips. What you want is for all of the various specs to line up as closely as possible. So if you have DDR3-1600 CL9 3-6-3 (numbers are fictional and for the sake of example only) modules now, then the ideal would be to find more DDR3-1600 CL9 3-6-3 RAM. If you can't find anything that matches what you have now exactly, then the smaller the variance the better.
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September 5, 2012 8:15:13 PM

lemonsz said:
I'm running on 2GB x6 (Corsair XMS3) , but recently one stick failed.
But I couldn't find this model of ram anymore in my local store.

Therefore here comes my question.

Can I run...

2GB x4(1600 C9) + 4GB x2(1600 C9 same brand same module XMS3 )

or

2GB x4(1600 C9) + 2GB x2 (same brand diffent module Vengeance 1600 C9)

or

same as above but in different brand & same module on the other 2 slots.

Your triple channel Corsair XMS3 memory kit has a lifetime warranty so contact Corsair Support and initiate an RMA to get a replacement.

http://www.corsair.com/en/support/
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September 5, 2012 10:35:43 PM

ko888 said:
Your triple channel Corsair XMS3 memory kit has a lifetime warranty so contact Corsair Support and initiate an RMA to get a replacement.

http://www.corsair.com/en/support/


It takes time for my vendor to RMA, that's why I just plan to get a new stick instead of waiting.
Can I purchase another 2GB x2 Vegeance and use the remaining 2GB x4 to run Triple Channel ?
Do they need to be in the exactly same stock type(1600), latency(9-9-9-24) and voltage(1.5v) ? or just the same voltage will do ?
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