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Would 4 DIMMs affect overclocking?

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Hi all,

I'm going to be picking up an E6600 and P5W DH Deluxe today along with some Corsair XMS2 PC6400C5. As I don't want to spend too much in one go I'm thinking of only going for 1GB (2x512MB) just for now and add another 1GB (2x512MB) at a later date.

However, when I later add another 1GB (2x512MB) in the future that would mean there would be 4 DIMMs in the board. I'm not sure if this would affect the boards overclocking capabilities and would appreciate it if anyone could enlighten me.

I could stretch to the 2GB (2x1GB) if needs be, but I really would prefer saveing roughly 100GBP in case I need it for something else.
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For Intel's it shouldn't be a problem. As far as I know the memory controller is still on the motherboard. The problem with having all four DIMM's was with AMD and their on die memory controller not being strong enough to deal with all 4 at full speed. However, because you plan on buying the second set later on, they might Overclock worse (or better) than the first set, leaving you with a performance gap. That's probably the only thing that would negatively effect your overclocks.
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
For Intel's it shouldn't be a problem. As far as I know the memory controller is still on the motherboard. The problem with having all four DIMM's was with AMD and their on die memory controller not being strong enough to deal with all 4 at full speed.
That was what I was thinking of. I've heard alot of talk about how it's better to have less DIMMs though most of the people were probably AMD users.

Either way +1 REP for you my good man!

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Originally Posted by The_Jester
However, because you plan on buying the second set later on, they might Overclock worse (or better) than the first set, leaving you with a performance gap. That's probably the only thing that would negatively effect your overclocks.
I understand what you mean, different 1GB kits can come from different batches.
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