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3x2GB RAM in a quad slot motherboard

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November 24, 2012 7:18:49 PM

My friend is using 3 dimms of 2GB RAM giving him 6GB of ram, but on a 4 ram slot motherboard, he keeps getting crashes after replacing everything but the RAM


So I said to him, it's the 3rd ram stick, not being recognised properly, I said if he removes one stick and just uses dual channel or adds another making it quad channel, he wont get crashes sometimes


He don't believe me and to be honest I don't know for sure myself, so I'm asking here.


He has FX 6100
GTX 680
Corsair XMS3 3x2GB (6GB) RAM
a b } Memory
a c 184 V Motherboard
November 24, 2012 8:20:14 PM

The AMD boards do not run quad channel, only del. But that would not be an issue.

Have him boot into memtest86 and run a pass, check for errors. If you find errors, try different RAM configs in different slots until you find the one with the error.

The chances are that its software related. When have you done a fresh install of windows?
November 25, 2012 12:32:59 AM

i think 4gb running in dual ch. is better than running 6gb in single ch. mode
a b } Memory
a c 184 V Motherboard
November 25, 2012 10:03:05 AM

gene_11 said:
i think 4gb running in dual ch. is better than running 6gb in single ch. mode


Not anymore, that used to be true, but programs have gotten very RAM hungry. That still applies for 8 vs 10 or 12.
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