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Can 2 single sticks run dual channel or do they have to state dual channel?

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Hey guys. Quick question. Can buying two individual sticks of RAM run in dual channel? Or do you have to buy them together? It is kinda hard to say what I'm asking.

For instance:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233259

It is an individual stick. If I buy 2 would they run dual channel? Or does the RAM have to be made for dual channel?

I guess what I'm asking is, are all RAM sticks capable of running in channels or are some sticks programmed to run channels and others not?
post #2 of 6

The number of memory channels are determined by the CPU's memory controller, not the memory modules themselves. 

 

If you have one single module in a board, it will run in single-channel mode, even if the CPU supports dual, triple or quad-channel. You'll notice that kits advertised as "dual channel" contain 2 modules, and "triple channel" kits have 3. So to answer your question, if you buy two of those modules, they WILL run in dual-channel.

 

 

 

post #3 of 6
I think what you are asking is "Do the two memory modules need to be purchased together to work in Dual memory mode?" If that is the question the answer is no they don't. They used to sell memory as a "Matched Set of RAM" for dual memory use, but I have not seen that for quite a while. What really matters is that you have the same frequency in Mhz and same size like 1GB, 2GB or 4GB for all of the RAM. Hope that helps thumb.gif

And what Malcom (the bringer of the extreme coolness in this thread - right on Malcom) said in his post. It is the board that allows you to run in Dual memory mode not the RAM. If you only have two slots on the MB for RAM? I would be surprised if it could run in Dual memory mode, maybe it will, but probably not
Edited by johnspee5 - 1/28/12 at 3:41am
post #4 of 6
You could buy two single sticks of ram and put them into your board in the proper slots to have dual channel working.

Just try and use the same sticks if at all possible to avoid incompatibility, unstable system.
post #5 of 6
You can run ocz and gskill together as long as they are of the same spec's.
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post #6 of 6
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I appreciate it fellas. That clears it up for me a lot.

Btw, freeline where u at in NC?
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