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January 8, 2013 1:46:49 PM

Need some advice on best config for RAM placement.

Currently using a 2*2GB (team-elite-1333)
(slot in 1 & 3 on a dual channel mobo)

Then got another 4GB (kingston) but different brand ram and slotted in 4.

1) Is it harmful to mix and match up like that?
2) If not, what would be the best config?

After adding the 4GB ram, the 1T changed to 2T



Thanks for advices!


Forgot to add: using i5-2500 cpu and asrock p67 extreme 4 mobo

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January 8, 2013 2:00:29 PM

Leftie said:
Need some advice on best config for RAM placement.

Currently using a 2*2GB (team-elite-1333)
(slot in 1 & 3 on a dual channel mobo)

Then got another 4GB (kingston) but different brand ram and slotted in 4.

1) Is it harmful to mix and match up like that?
2) If not, what would be the best config?

After adding the 4GB ram, the 1T changed to 2T

http://i.imgur.com/QMpYN.jpg?1

Thanks for advices!

1, no it is not harmful. it only puts your machine in single channel mode, and 2T timings.
2. I doubt that you would notice a difference, however you arranged it. :??: 
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January 8, 2013 2:04:37 PM

1. Not harmful.
But ram is sold in kits for a reason.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
That is why ram vendors will not support ram that is not bought in one kit.
Although, I think the problem has lessened with the newer Intel chipsets. Still,
it is safer to get what you need in one kit.

2. To get dual channel operation, you will want the same 4gb capacity on each channel.
Your motherboard manual should tell you how to populate 3 sticks. Some are very specific.

3. Ram speed is not important to modern intel cpu's; more important on amd.
Regardless, you will benefit more from lots of ram than you will from ram speed or timings.
If it is working for you good.
No more needs to be done.
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January 8, 2013 3:00:35 PM

@clarkjd & geofelt,

Thanks for the advices.

Apologies for the duplicate thread as well. have deleted it away.
Was unable to post thread back then. Now 2 appears.


1 more thing, does it make any differences if the 4GB is in the 2nd or 4th slot?

and by adding the 4GB, does it interfere with dual channel and "switch" it to single channel?
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January 8, 2013 6:10:32 PM

Leftie said:
@clarkjd & geofelt,

Thanks for the advices.

Apologies for the duplicate thread as well. have deleted it away.
Was unable to post thread back then. Now 2 appears.


1 more thing, does it make any differences if the 4GB is in the 2nd or 4th slot?

and by adding the 4GB, does it interfere with dual channel and "switch" it to single channel?

If you don't have a matching stick of ram in the other channel, then yes, it defaults to single channel operation.
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