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Hey

So back when i built this computer 4 GB of ram seemed plenty and a friend of mine provided me with a dual channel 2x2GB kit.

But recently whilst playing Minecraft and hosting it / having firefox open at the same time ( dual screens ), i am starting to hit the ceiling.

So now, to my actual dilemma.

Should i go for a straight up upgrade with another dual channel 2x2GB kit of the same kind?

OR

Get a 6 GB Tripple Channel kit, or possibly even a 12 GB.

The tradeoff is basically 2 more gigs of ram, or going tripple channel with 2GB less. Or going overboard with a 12GB, but i am not sure i will ever need that much and i am not sure whether the tripple channel is worth it compared to another 2GB.
    
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Currently you're not using one of the biggest features that 1366 offered which is triple channel memory - if you get another 4 x 2 kit you would be able to run in triple channel mode and that should provide more than sufficient amounts of memory for future usage.
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Currently you're not using one of the biggest features that 1366 offered which is triple channel memory - if you get another 4 x 2 kit you would be able to run in triple channel mode and that should provide more than sufficient amounts of memory for future usage.

So 3 of the dual channel modules will work tripple channel? What about the last one then? Or am i totally lost? tongue.gif .. TBH this whole dual channel / tripple channel thing has always confused me.
    
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The whole "dual channel memory, triple channel memory" kits are made because memory is binned together, aka they pass quality assurance that they will work together. If you put three sticks of memory with the same amounts of memory and timings on a 1366 motherboard, they will go into triple channel mode, thus if you get another 4 sticks you will have 6 which will = triple channel mode smile.gif
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The whole "dual channel memory, triple channel memory" kits are made because memory is binned together, aka they pass quality assurance that they will work together. If you put three sticks of memory with the same amounts of memory and timings on a 1366 motherboard, they will go into triple channel mode, thus if you get another 4 sticks you will have 6 which will = triple channel mode smile.gif

Oh, but again, that lands me at 12 GB. So i mean, is it worth spending the extra money for the 4 sticks instead of just 2? Does running them in tripple channel offer that much of a boost?
    
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It helps a bit in performance - unless you're just wanting to run 6GB (which is what I always ran with my 1366 system) - i would recommend sets of 3, but thats just me personally, I like to get all the benefits out of a system that I possibly can smile.gif
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Alright, thanks! smile.gif

But a final question, that whole thing about them being tested as kits really doesn't matter then?
    
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No, just know that the memory you have hasn't been tested together (just run Prime95 or memtest to check stability of the memory together), but that's how it is going to be any time you combine kits - its not worth going out and buy a triple channel kit when you already have memory thumb.gif
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Hey
So back when i built this computer 4 GB of ram seemed plenty and a friend of mine provided me with a dual channel 2x2GB kit.
But recently whilst playing Minecraft and hosting it / having firefox open at the same time ( dual screens ), i am starting to hit the ceiling.
So now, to my actual dilemma.
Should i go for a straight up upgrade with another dual channel 2x2GB kit of the same kind?
OR
Get a 6 GB Tripple Channel kit, or possibly even a 12 GB.
The tradeoff is basically 2 more gigs of ram, or going tripple channel with 2GB less. Or going overboard with a 12GB, but i am not sure i will ever need that much and i am not sure whether the tripple channel is worth it compared to another 2GB.

Quick question. Is there anyway to get 1 more of those 2gb sticks? like online? I think that will be the best route.... Cheaper and take advantage of triple channel.
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