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December 21, 2012 3:16:26 PM

I have 1 stick of 8gb ram will that still work? Or do I need two sticks of ram?

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December 21, 2012 3:21:14 PM

1 stick will work but you will not be using the most out of your processor as they have either dual or quad channel memory controllers
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December 21, 2012 3:29:45 PM

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December 21, 2012 4:37:57 PM

It actually depends on your hardware. Some motherboards have problems with 8GB sticks. But assuming your hardware will handle it, Alvine is correct in that you will lose the advantage of dual channel and 1 stick will be around 5% slower than running 2 matched sticks.
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December 21, 2012 7:59:21 PM

The motherboard I got is ASRock 970 extreme3 Am3+
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December 21, 2012 9:03:26 PM

So with my Motherboard, and the one stick of ram. Everything is going to fine, nothing is going to be slower than what it would be with 2 sticks of ram?
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December 21, 2012 9:45:16 PM

Yeah you will lose the advantage of dual channel. That will mean a ~5% performance hit. It should run fine with an 8GB stick though. Some boards don't do well with 8GB sticks. A 2 x 4GB kit is your best option though.
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December 21, 2012 10:21:39 PM

Is 5% notice-able?
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December 21, 2012 11:07:29 PM

Probably not but 2 x 4GB kits are generally cheaper than single 8GB sticks and 4GB sticks are generally timed lower ( faster ) as well and why would you lose 5% in performance you don't have to lose? So there is no real reason to buy a single 8GB stick. If you later wanted to add another 8GB it can be hard to get mismatched 8GB sticks to work with each other too.

$42

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$46 if your stuck on Corsair for some reason. The GSkill is just as good and cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either kit will fit under an aftermarket cooler.
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December 21, 2012 11:19:37 PM

i ment to buy 2 x 4gb kit but i acendently bought just 1 x 8gb
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December 21, 2012 11:27:42 PM

As long as it works I would just keep it. Too much trouble to send it back.
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December 21, 2012 11:31:32 PM

Thats what i was thinking and I might buy 2-4gb ram in the future.
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