I have a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard [6 ram slots] with 6GB of RAM (3x2GB corsair DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24) and an intel i7 930 CPU.
I recently decided to upgrade my RAM because I do a lot of multitasking. I bought another Corsair DDR3-1600 ram kit with the same timings but this time a 2x4GB.
What is the best way to install these 5 sticks to maximize performance? The 3 I currently have are in place in slots 1,2,3 to allow for triple-buffering. Should I just add the 2x4 into slots 4 and 5 and be done with it? Or should I place the 2x4 in 1/2 and shift the 3x2 chips along? Or is this a stupid question to begin with and I cannot make this setup work (need either sets of 2 or sets of 3 ram chips)? I'm hoping it isn't the last one...
However after I installed that setup, only 6GB were showing up over dual channel. That made almost no sense until I moved the sticks from 3&4 into 5&6, and now I have 12GB over dual channel!
FINAL ALIGNMENT: Bin 1: 4GB; Bin 2: 2GB; Bin 5: 4GB; Bin 6: 2GB
Not sure why it had to be so counter to the mobo manual, but I'm happy it finally works!