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I'm looking to get more RAM for my sig rig. I multitask a lot and I find my 6GB maxing out quite often. I was wondering if I should just get 6GB of the same RAM sticks that I have, or buy a completely new Hexa-channel kit.

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Hexa-channel doesn't exist. You can run six sticks, but it's still going to be in triple channel which is dictated from the CPU's memory controller. In general, running more sticks causes more stress to the CPU's memory controller, requiring more CPU VTT voltage to stabilize the same clocks and makes overclocking more difficult. If you need more ram I would just get a 3 x 4GB kit and sell your current one or find another use for it.

Besides, that RAM is incredibly overpriced. Take a look at any of these - which are 1600mhz 9-9-9 @ 1.5v, even arguably better than 1600mhz 8-8-8 @ 1.65v like your kit.
Edited by Dopamin3 - 1/17/12 at 9:42pm
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I would add another 6 rather than buy a new kit. You will have more than enough RAM to suit you, 8GB is more than fine much less than 12. thumb.gif
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1. It would still be triple-channel.

2. Buy the same kit that you have right now (be 100% sure though).
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Hexa-channel doesn't exist. You can run six sticks, but it's still going to be in triple channel which is dictated from the CPU's memory controller. In general, running more sticks causes more stress to the CPU's memory controller, requiring more CPU VTT voltage to stabilize the same clocks and makes overclocking more difficult. If you need more ram I would just get a 3 x 4GB kit and sell your current one or find another use for it.
Besides, that RAM is incredibly overpriced. Take a look at any of these - which are 1600mhz 9-9-9 @ 1.5v, even arguably better than 1600mhz 8-8-8 @ 1.65v like your kit.

Thanks for clearing that up for me! My overclock was incredibly hard to stabilize and I don't want to go through that process again. I think I'll get the G.SKILL set. Do you know if it'll be fine to set them at 1.65V even though they're rated 1.5V?
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I would add another 6 rather than buy a new kit. You will have more than enough RAM to suit you, 8GB is more than fine much less than 12. thumb.gif
If I'm maxing out 6, and I'm looking to get more, obviously a 2GB increase isn't good enough. Think like an engineer, solve the world's problems.
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i bought 4x4 ripjaws z. only using 3 sticks tho
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