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I was looking to upgrade my RAM in a bit, and I was wondering, if I was going to get 8gb, would 2 sticks or 4gb ram or 4 sticks of 2gb ram be faster? Assuming they are at the same timings and speed. I was going to get some g.skill ripjaws, or I might just get 4 more gb of the stuff I have. But would it be better to get more sticks or less to get the same total?
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post #2 of 8
Neither would be faster than the other afaik, but less DIMMs used is less stress on your memory controller, and usually allows for easier OCing.
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less sticks = higher density, plus room to upgrade. i dont think it is significant, though i would go 2 sticks.
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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post
Neither would be faster than the other afaik, but less DIMMs used is less stress on your memory controller, and usually allows for easier OCing.
100% correct. Always use half of the available slots (Logic huh?!)
   
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post #5 of 8
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Ok, guess I'll have to spend a bit more to replace these 2 sticks of 2gb then.
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post #6 of 8
To be honest, unless you have another rig to put your 2x2gb kit into, I would just buy another 2x2gb kit because with the price of ram now, you won't be able to sell your used 2x2 kit for more than like 5 bucks profit after shipping
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Well, it's only 15$ more, but I'm not overclocking my ram, because my mobo only supports 1600mhz ram. So I would just be having it at stock settings. Right now, it's underclocked to 1333mhz, and is running .15v under stock. So would another 2x2gb pack be ok? Since I'm not going to like 1800mhz?
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post #8 of 8
I think you would be just fine. On both my 2500k rig and my 955 rig I am running 4 sticks of ram (16gb and 8gb) and it has never affected my cpu OC. ON the 955 I am runnning the ram at 1333 at 1.5v.
Edited by morgofborg - 11/1/11 at 12:45pm
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