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i haven't found any desired answers on the web so i'll ask here.

3 sets of dual channel memory of the same model, for example (2 x 4gb) x 3
will it act as triple channel memory? considering it has 6 sticks
will it be optimized for x58?
will be there any issues regarding this?

i would like to try but to be sure i'll ask first here so i won't be wasting money
and high end triple channel memory here in my place is scarce so i find a hard time upgrading my memory thumb.gif
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There are no issues using "dual channel" memory on an X58 board. The memory itself doesn't determine the number of channels, the memory controller in the CPU does. So you can use quad channel memory in a dual channel board, dual in a triple, it doesn't matter. DDR3 is DDR3. The memory manufacturers sell the kits as dual or triple channel so you can get matched sticks easily. Just make sure that they are the same kits and you should be fine. One difference is that DDR3 rated for the X58 platform is usually 1.65v and newer Sandy/Ivy memory is rated for 1.5v or lower. So you might want to take that into consideration when making your purchase.
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there is no such thing as dual or triple channel as far as the memory stick is concerned
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Originally Posted by willdearborn View Post

There are no issues using "dual channel" memory on an X58 board. The memory itself doesn't determine the number of channels, the memory controller in the CPU does. So you can use quad channel memory in a dual channel board, dual in a triple, it doesn't matter. DDR3 is DDR3. The memory manufacturers sell the kits as dual or triple channel so you can get matched sticks easily. Just make sure that they are the same kits and you should be fine. One difference is that DDR3 rated for the X58 platform is usually 1.65v and newer Sandy/Ivy memory is rated for 1.5v or lower. So you might want to take that into consideration when making your purchase.

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The only possible difference is that any XMP profile won't be ideal, but XMP is garbage anyway.
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There are no issues using "dual channel" memory on an X58 board. The memory itself doesn't determine the number of channels, the memory controller in the CPU does. So you can use quad channel memory in a dual channel board, dual in a triple, it doesn't matter. DDR3 is DDR3. The memory manufacturers sell the kits as dual or triple channel so you can get matched sticks easily. Just make sure that they are the same kits and you should be fine. One difference is that DDR3 rated for the X58 platform is usually 1.65v and newer Sandy/Ivy memory is rated for 1.5v or lower. So you might want to take that into consideration when making your purchase.

thanks smile.gif
just want to clarify, so if i put 1.5v dimms onto the x58 what will happen? for what i know x58 supports 1.5v dimms
but what will exactly happen if you put it on a board that does not support the voltage, it won't boot?
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I bought 3 sets of dual channel, same brand, model, etc.. Worked fine. Even with XMP. Back when I had an X58 board.
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thanks smile.gif
just want to clarify, so if i put 1.5v dimms onto the x58 what will happen? for what i know x58 supports 1.5v dimms
but what will exactly happen if you put it on a board that does not support the voltage, it won't boot?

You can use 1.5v memory with X58. You will have no problems as long as all the kits are exactly the same model number. Good luck!
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