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Number of RAM Sticks for Sandybridge OC

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Hi,

I'm just looking for some advice on the number of RAM sticks for my Sandybridge overclock. I can't test myself right now as I have Prime95 running a stress test @ 4.9Ghz on my 2600K.

My query is, I currently have 4x4GB sticks in my rig so all my RAM slots are full.
I can get 4.8Ghz stable both with HT on or off, but obviously temps are lower with HT off. As far as the overclock goes, what impact if any would removing 2 sticks and staying at 8GB (or buying 2 sticks of 8GB for a total of 16GB) have on overclocking?

Is it likely to drop temps because the memory controller is not working hard? Is it likely to let me overclock higher?

I know the number of RAM sticks had implications for stability on older hardware but not sure about Sandybridge.

Thanks.
post #2 of 5
Check this out smile.gif

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-best-memory-for-sandy-bridge/1
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post #3 of 5
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Thanks for the reply.

An interesting read but I couldn't see any reference in there to the relationship between the number of RAM stick installed in a system and implications for overclocking.
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There reakon having 2 sticks is better than 4 for overclocking as it places less stress on the motherboards memory controller. I have my 2500 @ 4ghz with 4x4gb sticks and its working fine thumb.gif
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Thanks. Yer I've got my 2600K up to 4.8Ghz stable with 4x4GB sticks, but I was just curious as I'd read somewhere that it may be easier to overclock with 2 sticks.

So I'm just wondering what the impact is, i.e. on temps, max multi that can be reached etc.
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