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Plsss help me out guys i made a terrible mistake ... Day before yesterday i ordered this product from primeabgb Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL ( Buy Gskill RAM | G Skill Memory | G Skill 4GB RAM | Gskill India ).. I thought it was a 4GB single stick and ordered 2 nos. but i received the product and realized its a 4 X 2GB sticks ( i..e two 4GB kits ).. I really wanted to go for 2 X 4GB sticks..

I am jus really really worried man cuz i jus read this from another forum superuser.com it says:-

Quote:
4 sticks would cause more strain on the memory controller and motherboard chipset. It would take slightly longer for the CPU to add and retrieve data from 4 sticks as opposed to 2.

For this reason, 2 x 4GB would be faster then 4 x 2GB.

EDIT - there is a much better technical explanation on EE to enforce my answer, although it does mention lower sized sticks:

It's better to use 2 2GB modules -- not for any appreciable speed difference (although there may be a small advantage -- more in a bit) -- but for a more reliable memory subsystem.

Most desktop systems use unbuffered RAM modules -- this results in very large loads on the address and data buses when you have more than 2 modules installed, and can significantly degrade the signalling on these buses. The memory subsystem "sees' one load per memory chip -- so with 2 modules installed, that's up to 32 loads (with double-sided modules) ... and with 4 modules installed that's as many as 64 electrical loads on the bus. Some systems automatically adjust for this higher load by either increasing the voltage a small amount; reducing the clock frequency of the memory (thus slightly slowing it down); or by adding a cycle to the SPD's latency setting (again, slightly slowing it down). These adjustments help keep the memory subsystem reliable -- but mean that 4 x 1GB modules would be slightly slower than 2 x 2GB modules on these systems. But regardless of whether there's any timing differences, the memory will definitely be more reliable with only 2 modules.
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RIGS SPECIFICATIONS AND BRANDS

ProcessorIntel Core i5 2500k
MotherBoardAsus P8P67-PRO 32GB DDR3 Intel Motherboard (B3 Revision)
RAMGskil F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 1600Mhz DDR3 4 X 2GB
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Case FansCooler Master 120mm r4 fans x 2
Liquid Cooling for CPUCorsair H70 OR Noctua NHD-14??? help me out..
UPSAPC UPS 600 VA or Numeric 800 VA


Pls advise guys is it wise to go with 4 X 2GB RAM.. Will it really cause voltage probs on mobo?.. Is anyone using 4 X 2GB RAM?... Will i be able to overclock my cpu and will it be stable?.. Pls help me out...
Pls help me out...

Thanks in advance..
Edited by Viswanathan - 5/17/11 at 2:20am
post #2 of 16
If you are using i7 triple channel system (ie i7 9** series or sandybridge cpu) then use three modules to gain the advantages of triple channel. sell the remaining module to someone or keep it for future use, its upto you.
If you are using some other cpu model, then use four of the sticks at first. Chances are that you will never face the problems mentioned in those articles. Though those are facts, their effect on real life situations are almost nil. Just do not try to oc the ram much and you will be fine. If you must OC the ram (lowering latency or increasing sped), try to increase the cpu-nb voltage by lil amounts and stress test for stability.
Go ahead, enjoy your 8GB monstrosity.



just noticed that you have updated specs. use four sticks (4x2gb).
Edited by leopold1985 - 5/17/11 at 2:20am
    
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I have always been told the left memory modules the better because it will require less voltage so if you are overclocking it is more stable
 
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Which motherboard do you have?
If you´re on Intel:
Socket 1155: Two or four sticks (dual-channel)
Socket 1156: Two or four sticks (dual-channel)
Socket 1366: Three sticks (triple-channel)

AM3 also runs dual-channel, I believe.
Edited by Goaky - 5/17/11 at 2:27am
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There won't be any problem really.

Aside from a tiny bit harder to OC due to more power needed by the sticks, there shouldn't be any real problem.
   
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@ leopold1985 and goaky Thanks I have edited the post and mentioned my system config below..
@ alex-fitton Thanks man so do u think i will have more prob?...
@ Artikbot Thanks you very much man.. So i wont have any prob in the voltage and all rite?..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Goaky View Post
Which motherboard do you have?
If you´re on Intel:
Socket 1155: Two or four sticks (dual-channel)
Socket 1156: Three sticks (triple-channel)
Socket 1366: Three sticks (triple-channel)

AM3 also runs dual-channel, I believe.
Thanks I think my mobo has socket 1155
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Viswanathan View Post
Thanks I think my mobo has socket 1155
Indeed it has.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Viswanathan View Post
@ leopold1985 and goaky Thanks I have edited the post and mentioned my system config below..
@ alex-fitton Thanks man so do u think i will have more prob?...
@ Artikbot Thanks you very much man.. So i wont have any prob in the voltage and all rite?..
The RAM you bought are great for Sandy Bridge, since stock voltage on them is 1.5v. Sandy Bridge runs dual-channel, which means all four sticks should work, but you might need to manually set the RAM speed (1600Mhz) in BIOS.

You didn´t make a mistake - it´s all good.

Cheers.
Edited by Goaky - 5/17/11 at 2:25am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Goaky View Post
Which motherboard do you have?
If you´re on Intel:
Socket 1155: Two or four sticks (dual-channel)
Socket 1156: Three sticks (triple-channel)
Socket 1366: Three sticks (triple-channel)

AM3 also runs dual-channel, I believe.
1156 is dual channel
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1156 is dual channel
Right, my mistake.
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