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I've been using a triple channel (3x4GB) in my build because I had the sticks left over from a previous build. But since my mobo supports dual channel rather than triple channel, I want to get one more 4GB stick and run (4x4GB) in dual channel.

Now if I understand correctly, there really isn't anything different about "triple channel" memory, and as long as I buy the same kind of RAM, I should be able to add in the last 4GB stick with out a problem? Is this correct?

Thanks for the help.
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Sell the tripple kit and just get a proper vengeance kit.
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Should be fine just make sure you get the same exact memory with same specs. You couldn't technically get different ones but it could cause issues or make overclock unstable.
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I've been using a triple channel (3x4GB) in my build because I had the sticks left over from a previous build. But since my mobo supports dual channel rather than triple channel, I want to get one more 4GB stick and run (4x4GB) in dual channel.

Now if I understand correctly, there really isn't anything different about "triple channel" memory, and as long as I buy the same kind of RAM, I should be able to add in the last 4GB stick with out a problem? Is this correct?

Thanks for the help.
Yes. that's how it works.

Amd don't worry that it's rated @ 1.65v as it's still fine to use with SB.
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Originally Posted by Master of Puppets View Post
Now if I understand correctly, there really isn't anything different about "triple channel" memory, and as long as I buy the same kind of RAM, I should be able to add in the last 4GB stick with out a problem? Is this correct?
This is correct.

Additionally, you are already running in dual-channel, at least for the first 8GiB of your memory.
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So this should work then?

What I'm running now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231358

What I want to order:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231313
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It SHOULD work, but we can't make guarantees.

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It SHOULD work, but we can't make guarantees.

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Exactly.

Which is why ram manufacturers always ask you to send in the whole kit, even if just one dimm is bad.

But like SMK said, it should work.
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I've been mixing and matching sticks for a while.

A stick off DDR3 memory will run single, dual, triple, or quad channel as long as you have the correct number of DIMMs and the CPU/Chipset supports it.

For example, when I'm messing with my AMD system, I use my best two sticks of memory. When I'm on the Intel system, I use three sticks. I actually have a fourth now, as well, for X79's release... whenever that is.
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