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12gb vs 16gb ram

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Which setting would be better performance wise?

12GB ram triple channel or 16GB 2x Dual channel? Both DDR3 1600.


Thanks.
post #2 of 6
I'm assuming 1366?

Triple channel doesn't give a substantial difference in the vast majority of real world applications. If you have a requirement that saturates 12 GB, you would be better off with a higher quantity.
post #3 of 6
4x4GiB sticks of ram in an LGA-1366 system is triple channel, except for when you need more than 12GiB of RAM. In this case, whatever is on the final stick is accessed in single channel.

If think you'll need more than 12GiB of memory, get the extra stick (or three). Having the last portion of memory be modestly slower is a lot faster than not having it there when you need it.
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post #4 of 6
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It would be either for the Sandy Bridge or Liano CPUs (perhaps the later Bulldozers).

The amount is for rendering, video & photo editing stuff.
post #5 of 6
Triple channel does not apply to those platforms; they only have two memory channels.

Putting three sticks of RAM in a SB will result in two sticks working in dual, with whatever is on the third working in single channel. I believe an AMD platform will behave similarly, but I am not certain.

Anyway, given the current price of memory, I'd recommend going for the full four sticks.
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post #6 of 6
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Yea prices are fairly cheap. Thanks.
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