I have G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 RAM for my desktop. When I was building my PC I accidently ordered one 8GB stick instead of two 4GB sticks. I was unable to return the 8GB stick and now I'm stuck with it. My question is this: is there anything wrong with having two 4GB sticks in one channel and two 8GB sticks in the other? Its the exact same RAM with the exact same timings- the only thing that's different is amount of RAM in each channel. Any help would be appreciated.
Also- if this does not cause any issues whatsoever, is there a logical reason for having 24 GB's of RAM? I currently have the two 4GB sticks installed and the one 8GB stick is sitting in my closet still new in the box.
Also- I am willing to sell the single 8GB stick to anyone interested because I really have no use for it without spending another $55 on another 8 GB stick just to run a ridiculous amount of RAM in my gaming rig that will probably never get used.
There won't be a problem with that setup. Also the 8 gB stick will make your system run at single channel. I assume your motherboard does not support triple channel so if you put three cards your system will run at single channel.
If you buy 2 4GB sticks you'll probably use up the all the slots in the motherboard and have no expansion possibilities. Technology keeps on getting better and better very quickly, like only 5 years ago 2GB was sufficient for most applications.