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Hi guys

I'm a long time lurker, but first time poster. Have always been able to find out what I need to know through searching the forums, but now some direct help would be greatly appreciated!

I have decided to upgrade to 12gb of memory, and was thinking of offloading my current RAM (Gskill Trident set at 6-7-6-18, 1600mhz) and buying a 3x4gb such as Kingston HyperX (9-9-9, 1600mhz). However, I guy I know is willing to sell me his Tridents (same as mine) which would make up the 12gb.

I have read some places that 6x2gb does not perform as well as 3x4gb. Is this true? How big is the difference? And would this difference be overcome by the fact that I would be using higher speed/lower latency RAM if taking the 6x2gb option?

Thanks for your help. Love the site!
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Get the G-skill Tridents for compatibility and good timings.

Plus it's cheaper too.
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Hi guys

I'm a long time lurker, but first time poster. Have always been able to find out what I need to know through searching the forums, but now some direct help would be greatly appreciated!

I have decided to upgrade to 12gb of memory, and was thinking of offloading my current RAM (Gskill Trident set at 6-7-6-18, 1600mhz) and buying a 3x4gb such as Kingston HyperX (9-9-9, 1600mhz). However, I guy I know is willing to sell me his Tridents (same as mine) which would make up the 12gb.

I have read some places that 6x2gb does not perform as well as 3x4gb. Is this true? How big is the difference? And would this difference be overcome by the fact that I would be using higher speed/lower latency RAM if taking the 6x2gb option?

Thanks for your help. Love the site!
From I what I know, 6x2Gb sets generally need more voltage to run versus 3x4Gb. Also, tight timings may most likely have to be loosen up if you add another 3 sticks. IMO, if you want 12Gb of DDR3, get a 3x4Gb set with low voltage requirements or tight timings rather than adding two kits together.
     
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What i got by your statement 6 x 2 for 12GB total. Then you will no longer have a triple channel kit then. You would actually have a dual channel kit. It would still work but you would lose the benefit of having triple channel on the x58 platform as that is what makes it fast.

If i was you i just get another 2 x 3GB triple channel kit that matches you existing kit to make a total of 12GB. As you will keep the triple channel all the way through then. The only draw back to that is loading the north bridge. Do you do something that requires 12GB?
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Thanks for the replies

Either way it will triple chanel (3x4gb, 6x2gb).

I do a fair bit of video encoding - but only at a fairly amature level. Also I have read in a few places that to get the maximum benefits for gaming, you need at least 8gb, although I know that this view is not without controversy.

What are the risks with loading up northbridge?
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What i got by your statement 6 x 2 for 12GB total. Then you will no longer have a triple channel kit then. You would actually have a dual channel kit. It would still work but you would lose the benefit of having triple channel on the x58 platform as that is what makes it fast.

If i was you i just get another 2 x 3GB triple channel kit that matches you existing kit to make a total of 12GB. As you will keep the triple channel all the way through then. The only draw back to that is loading the north bridge. Do you do something that requires 12GB?
Huh? That statement is invalid. Triple channel is 3 sticks or 6 sticks of DDR3 in 1Gb, 2Gb or 4Gb each. No such thing as 3Gb sticks.
     
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post #7 of 12
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Thanks for the replies

Either way it will triple chanel (3x4gb, 6x2gb).

I do a fair bit of video encoding - but only at a fairly amature level. Also I have read in a few places that to get the maximum benefits for gaming, you need at least 8gb, although I know that this view is not without controversy.

What are the risks with loading up northbridge?
Stick to 3x4Gb, not 6x2Gb. If you look up DDR specs by G.Skill, they only guarantee 3 sticks of DDR3 to run a spec. Look at the statement at the bottom. It's like that with all their DDR.

http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=266
     
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3x4GB is easier on the IMC. I need 0.12V more on VTT to get stable with 6 sticks compared to 3 sticks.
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Huh? That statement is invalid. Triple channel is 3 sticks or 6 sticks of DDR3 in 1Gb, 2Gb or 4Gb each. No such thing as 3Gb sticks.
You knew what i meant . Each stick as in GB, so 3 x 2= 6GB. You basically rewrote what i just wrote out in my reply. I honestly don't even see why i have to explain this to you. But it is obvious you going to reply non-stop in this thread anyway. So have fun with it.
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Huh? That statement is invalid. Triple channel is 3 sticks or 6 sticks of DDR3 in 1Gb, 2Gb or 4Gb each. No such thing as 3Gb sticks.
I wish there were. Then I'd totally grab 6GB's for BF3 in Dual Channel mode and only use two sticks.
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