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Is it harder to get a stable overclock with all ram slots populated vs say only having 2 populated?
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Less slots filled is less stress on the IMC, which can help you on your OC
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Yep, its better to have, for example, 2x4gb is better than 4x2gb, if you want the highest cpu OC.
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Sorry to thread jack lol but is it the same for triple channel as well? Should I have 3x4 as opposed to 6x2 if I am looking for max OC?

If doing just a basic OC does it make that much difference?

Thanks in advance and sorry OP thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nebacanezer View Post

Sorry to thread jack lol but is it the same for triple channel as well? Should I have 3x4 as opposed to 6x2 if I am looking for max OC?
If doing just a basic OC does it make that much difference?
Thanks in advance and sorry OP thumb.gif

More slots populated = more stress on the IMC = less chance of high OC. AFAIK

But for your "basic" OC you would probably be fine.

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Edited by Jolly Roger - 4/30/12 at 6:51pm
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yes..it..requires more imc voltage..more room for errors/hardware failure,too
 
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The more DIMMs the more stress on the IMC so yes it is true that fewer DIMMs tend to allow a slightly higher OC'ing of the CPU, though there are no guarantees when it comes to OC'ing. When people do extreme OC'ing they use ONE DIMM in most cases.

For practical everyday PCs running DDR3 RAM at ~1333 MHz. delivers the most bang for the buck in real world applications. Keeping the RAM frequency around ~1333 or Under-clocking the RAM frequency may also allow the CPU to be OC'ed higher. The only means to know is to test.

Independent testing has shown that DDR3 @ ~1333 MHz. is not a system bottleneck for typical desktop PCs, thus it's always better to OC the CPU as high as possible and live with whatever you can get for RAM frequency around ~1333 MHz.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1237178/is-o-cing-my-ram-worth-the-trouble/10#post_16866022
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Sorry to thread jack lol but is it the same for triple channel as well? Should I have 3x4 as opposed to 6x2 if I am looking for max OC?
If doing just a basic OC does it make that much difference?
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no..go 'head and run 3 sticks on that :thumb.gif:
 
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post #9 of 19
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More slots populated = more stress on the IMC = less chance of high OC. AFAIK
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LoL thank you for the info, and I love that avatar...reminds me of my work place
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no..go 'head and run 3 sticks on that :thumb.gif:

Alright, currently I'm running the 6x2 simply because I got it for a cheap price, but when I OC (when my cooler gets here next week) I'll be taking 3 of those modules out as I never use 12G of RAM anywho.


Thanks for the info guys always a pleasure to learn.
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post #10 of 19
Like everyone else is saying it is better to use fewer sticks of ram if possible, but that will only make a real difference if you're really pushing your cpu. If you just want a comfortable overclock on your cpu then it doesn't matter much how many stick of ram you have.
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