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Currently my system has a i7 950 on a P6T Deluxe motherboard with 8GB 4x 2GB of gskill 1600mhz CL9 ram. I was wanting to utilize the triple channel and go 16GB but at the moment its getting hard for me to find some matching gskill ram where I live, So anyway I was wondering if it will be okay if I just got some adata CL9 1600mhz 8GB 2x4GB instead?

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/335...it/index2.html


I know generally its not the best idea to mix and match, but will 4x2GB adata stuff + 2x4GB gskill stuff will work well without any overclock issues? I had to ask since I am getting them at a real good price
post #2 of 13
It will work.

EDIT: corrected error
Edited by iWantACookie - 5/16/11 at 11:36am
post #3 of 13
it should be fine, but to use trip channel you need to leave one ram stick out. because if you plug all the ramstick in you end up with dual channel

better off finding a similar speed ramstick, (just one)that is 4gb.

Or buy this, then sell your current ram
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It will work but it will be in single channel mode and harder to overclock.
why is that? AFAIK, I already got 4x2Gb of gskill ram that will run at dual channel, so why would adding more ram (2x4GB) with the same CL9 an 1600Mhz clock settings cause it to run @ single channel? doesn't make sense man..
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Actually, if you do it correct, you can have triple channel with 3 of the 2GB sticks, then the remaining 10 GB will run in single channel.

Or I suppose you could run all in dual channel. ( I think)
    
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why is that? AFAIK, I already got 4x2Gb of gskill ram that will run at dual channel, so why would adding more ram (2x4GB) with the same CL9 an 1600Mhz clock settings cause it to run @ single channel? doesn't make sense man..
yup i think i misunderstood the situation.

It will run at triple channel.
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Actually, if you do it correct, you can have triple channel with 3 of the 2GB sticks, then the remaining 10 GB will run in single channel.

Or I suppose you could run all in dual channel.
I am intrigued please inform
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I am intrigued please inform
If you populate the proper slots (example: 1A, 1B, 1C) for triple channel, it will allow the lower 6GB to act in triple channel. Then the remaining RAM will operate in single channel mode. This will allow the throughput of triple channel for the first 6GB of addressable memory. Check your manual for the slots suggested for using three sticks (likely, the second, fourth, and sixth from the CPU socket) and populate those with matched DIMMS.

Alternatively, you can chose to run 8 GB in Dual Channel, and the remaining 8GB in single channel, by populating either: 4 2GB sticks in the first four slots, and the 2 4GB sticks in the farthest slots, or 2 4GB sticks in the second and fourth slot, and 2GB sticks everywhere else.
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Thanks Roninde...

Say, how about I wait for another Ripjaws 2x4Gb kit from Gskill? I mean exactly the same matching stuff, 2 more sticks. Will that work well in terms of tri channel ? Still a bit confused ...
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Thanks Roninde...

Say, how about I wait for another Ripjaws 2x4Gb kit from Gskill? I mean exactly the same matching stuff, 2 more sticks. Will that work well in terms of tri channel ? Still a bit confused ...
Yes, you can run triple channel if you have 6 identical sticks.
    
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