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November 10, 2012 10:46:44 PM

ok so ive upgraded from 2 2 gig sticks of ram to, 2 4 gig sticks of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, the 2 2 gig sticks are the exact same model, just in a smaller size, so my buddy told me that just using the 2 4 gig sticks in dual channel will be faster then using the additional 2 gig sticks i had before (putting me to a total of 12 gigs instead of 8), and to just leave those out. Just wanted to confirm, as I personally have no damn idea. thanks for any help you can provide!

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November 10, 2012 10:49:44 PM

guess i should also mention this is for gaming, which he said is the reason why itd be faster for the 8 instead of the 12
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November 11, 2012 2:30:50 AM

Dual channel mode is faster than single channel mode. Running 8GB gets you dual channel mode. Running 12GB gets you single channel mode. You do the math.
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November 11, 2012 9:37:09 PM

sorry, not very knowledgeable on the subject...so does running 8 gb get you effectively 16gb or something? cause if not i would think that dual channel would have to be quite a bit faster then single channel to make 8 better than 12.
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November 11, 2012 9:59:41 PM

The improvement of dual channel over single channel is inceremental. It's not lile, double as fast as single channel.
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November 12, 2012 1:36:17 AM

ok... so explain it like im an idiot (which when it comes to this i am) is the 12 gigs faster then?
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November 12, 2012 3:56:43 PM

Depends if they can work together with good settings like DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.50V or DDR3-1333 8-8-8-24 1.50V

As long as you have two modules installed in the initial slots for dual channel, the system will operate as dual channel. So whether you use 2, 3, or 4 modules in your computer, it will still be dual channel. But since the memory is not identical, nor from the same batch/package, they are not guaranteed to work together in a single computer. That is the only part you have to test to find out.

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November 12, 2012 11:03:36 PM

gskill support said:
Depends if they can work together with good settings like DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.50V or DDR3-1333 8-8-8-24 1.50V

As long as you have two modules installed in the initial slots for dual channel, the system will operate as dual channel. So whether you use 2, 3, or 4 modules in your computer, it will still be dual channel. But since the memory is not identical, nor from the same batch/package, they are not guaranteed to work together in a single computer. That is the only part you have to test to find out.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT


ahh gotcha, thankya very much!
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