Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Memory › Dual Channel RAM in Triple Channel Mobo - Performance effects?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Dual Channel RAM in Triple Channel Mobo - Performance effects?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Greets folks,

I need to replace my triple channel kit due to failure and I think I want to go with a dual channel kit for the future since it seems triple channel died with X58. Are there any noticeable performance issues associated with running a dual channel kit on a triple channel motherboard? The dual channel 8 GB kits are so cheap now that I would like to go with one of those if possible.

Thanks if anyone can help!
Bare Essentials
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930 @ 4.0 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium MSI 6950 2 GB CFX (shaders unlocked) Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4GB x2) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung S27A950D OCN Ducky (Browns) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Ultra X3 1000W CoolerMaster HAF X CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Puretrak Talent 
  hide details  
Reply
Bare Essentials
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930 @ 4.0 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium MSI 6950 2 GB CFX (shaders unlocked) Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4GB x2) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung S27A950D OCN Ducky (Browns) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Ultra X3 1000W CoolerMaster HAF X CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Puretrak Talent 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 7
You can use 2 sticks of RAM on a triple channel board, it just scales back to dual channel.

If they require voltage above 1.65v, don't use them in an X58 based system.

There is no such thing as Dual / Triple Channel memory, as this is a property of the memory controller in how it handles memory. This is why you can place memory in different slot configurations on a motherboard and it will register as single or dual or triple channel.
Edited by pn0yb0i - 1/16/12 at 12:34pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.8GHz Stable Asus P8P67 PRO 2x 470GTX SLi MCW60 Modded Samsung 30nm Low Voltage 4x4GB 1866Mhz DDR3 9-9... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 60GB SSD ASUS DRW-1814BLT Ubuntu, Windows 7 x64, OSX Asus MS23H 1080p Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ABS Mechanical KB Corsair TX750 750 Watt PSU Cooler Master "Cosmos S" modded with holes Logitech G5 BF2142 Edition 
Mouse PadOther
fUnc Industries F10.s Spyder3Express Calibrator 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.8GHz Stable Asus P8P67 PRO 2x 470GTX SLi MCW60 Modded Samsung 30nm Low Voltage 4x4GB 1866Mhz DDR3 9-9... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 60GB SSD ASUS DRW-1814BLT Ubuntu, Windows 7 x64, OSX Asus MS23H 1080p Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ABS Mechanical KB Corsair TX750 750 Watt PSU Cooler Master "Cosmos S" modded with holes Logitech G5 BF2142 Edition 
Mouse PadOther
fUnc Industries F10.s Spyder3Express Calibrator 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pn0yb0i View Post

You can use 2 sticks of RAM on a triple channel board, it just scales back to dual channel.

If they require voltage above 1.65v, don't use them in an X58 based system.

There is no such thing as Dual / Triple Channel memory, as this is a property of the memory controller in how it handles memory. This is why you can place memory in different slot configurations on a motherboard and it will register as single or dual or triple channel.

Thanks that makes it pretty simple! Do you know the performance difference between dual and triple channel setups in that case? If it's negligible then I will grab an 8 GB dual channel kit and be done with it.

+rep, thanks again smile.gif
Bare Essentials
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930 @ 4.0 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium MSI 6950 2 GB CFX (shaders unlocked) Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4GB x2) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung S27A950D OCN Ducky (Browns) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Ultra X3 1000W CoolerMaster HAF X CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Puretrak Talent 
  hide details  
Reply
Bare Essentials
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930 @ 4.0 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium MSI 6950 2 GB CFX (shaders unlocked) Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4GB x2) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung S27A950D OCN Ducky (Browns) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Ultra X3 1000W CoolerMaster HAF X CoolerMaster Storm Spawn Puretrak Talent 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 7
I would recommend a triple channel kit, but it's not necessary. They are pretty similar.
Red Thunder
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Pro3 Gen3 Diamond Multimedia HD 5970 G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Solid 3 60GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB Lite-On iHAS424 Sunbeam Twister 120 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster E1920X Logitech K120 Corsair GS700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Razer Naga None Realtek ALC892 
OtherOtherOther
Behringer Xenyx 502 Lepai LP-2020A+ Dayton Audio B652 
  hide details  
Reply
Red Thunder
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Pro3 Gen3 Diamond Multimedia HD 5970 G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Solid 3 60GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB Lite-On iHAS424 Sunbeam Twister 120 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster E1920X Logitech K120 Corsair GS700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Razer Naga None Realtek ALC892 
OtherOtherOther
Behringer Xenyx 502 Lepai LP-2020A+ Dayton Audio B652 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 7
Just grab the 8GB dual channel kit. Triple channel is more beneficial to server types of loads.
post #6 of 7
Triple channel is only better in certain applications, but for general use, gaming etc there's essentially no difference.
Stugots III
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS Maximus V Gene EVGA GTX 780 SC 2x8GB G.Skill 2133MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
250GB 850-EVO | 1TB EZEX | 2TB F4 It BURNS! H100i | NB Pros Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VE258Q Filco Majestouch I Seasonic X-560w Fractal Arc Mini R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Vengeance MM200 HT Omega eClaro SHURE SRH-840 | Audioengine A2+S8 
  hide details  
Reply
Stugots III
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K @ 4.5GHz ASUS Maximus V Gene EVGA GTX 780 SC 2x8GB G.Skill 2133MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
250GB 850-EVO | 1TB EZEX | 2TB F4 It BURNS! H100i | NB Pros Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VE258Q Filco Majestouch I Seasonic X-560w Fractal Arc Mini R2 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Vengeance MM200 HT Omega eClaro SHURE SRH-840 | Audioengine A2+S8 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post

Greets folks,

I need to replace my triple channel kit due to failure and I think I want to go with a dual channel kit for the future since it seems triple channel died with X58. Are there any noticeable performance issues associated with running a dual channel kit on a triple channel motherboard? The dual channel 8 GB kits are so cheap now that I would like to go with one of those if possible.

Thanks if anyone can help!


For X58, you can grab 2 sets of Dual-Channel kits and fill it up 4 DIMM slots and they are still in Tri-Channel congifuration.

 

DDR3 TRI DUAL CHANNEL.JPG

 

ケンジ
(16 items)
 
  
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
i7-3960X i7-980X GA-X79-UD7 / GA-X58A-UD9 7970 + 465 
GraphicsRAMRAMHard Drive
2x 6990 + 580 16GB 2133 MHz 24GB 2000 MHz 120GB x 2 RAID0 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
120GB x 4 RAID0 Raptor 300GB x 2 RAID0 CPU-370 CPU-370 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
VID-AR699 EK FB X58A-UD9 Win 7 Ultimate x64 1500W / 1250W+1200W 
  hide details  
Reply
ケンジ
(16 items)
 
  
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
i7-3960X i7-980X GA-X79-UD7 / GA-X58A-UD9 7970 + 465 
GraphicsRAMRAMHard Drive
2x 6990 + 580 16GB 2133 MHz 24GB 2000 MHz 120GB x 2 RAID0 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
120GB x 4 RAID0 Raptor 300GB x 2 RAID0 CPU-370 CPU-370 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
VID-AR699 EK FB X58A-UD9 Win 7 Ultimate x64 1500W / 1250W+1200W 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Memory
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Memory › Dual Channel RAM in Triple Channel Mobo - Performance effects?