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How many sticks of RAM can i use?

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December 25, 2012 2:51:28 PM

I recently bought an intel i3 3220 and I've noticed that on the box it says, "Supports Two-Channel DDR3 Memory."
Does this mean if I have a motherboard with 4 Ram slots, I can only use 2 of them?

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December 25, 2012 4:45:59 PM

All LGA1155 support two DIMMs per channel, which means four slots total.
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December 25, 2012 7:48:09 PM

Okay, Thanks for clearing that up.
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December 25, 2012 8:08:08 PM

InvalidError said:
All LGA1155 support two DIMMs per channel, which means four slots total.


i would 100% agree but that doesnt limit how many slots there can be just need to be in multiples of 4 right?
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December 25, 2012 9:28:38 PM

cbrunnem said:
i would 100% agree but that doesnt limit how many slots there can be just need to be in multiples of 4 right?

The CPU only has 4 'select' control lines. With dual-sided DIMMs, one of those lines is tied to each side, which means two 'select' lines per DIMM and that physically limits it to two double-sided DIMMs per channel.

Another problem is that maintaining signal integrity on multi-drop busses at 1600MT/s (32 drops in the case of a pair of 16 chips DIMMs) is very challenging. This is why server motherboards/CPUs need to use registered DIMMs to drive their large memory configurations - takes the load of driving a very large number of DRAM ICs (18-36 chips per DIMM) off the CPU's control pins by making the whole DIMM look like a single load and that allows server boards to have 4-8 DIMMs per channel. The added complexity increases latency by 1-2 cycles and roughly doubles the DIMM's price.
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