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been looking into getting new memory kits for my aging x58 system. I've been getting random bsod's and I found out the memory is the problem. downclocking fixed the random bsod's but it messed my overclock a bit and I figured I guess this is a sign I should upgrade and move on from 6gb of ram. triple channel kits are a thing of the past and I cannot buy 3x4gb kits from where I'm from.

is it possible to use regular dual channel kits and run them on triple channel?

this is the memory I'm thinking of getting. very well priced and low profile which is what I need



http://www.tipidpc.com/viewitem.php?iid=20280794

Memory DDR3 Gskill Sniper 8gb (2x4gb) 1600 CL9

I can afford 3 of these so 6x4gb = 24gb so I'm gonna use all the slots or. buy two of them and use the lone 4gb stick for something else which I think would just sit in the drawer and will be a complete waste that's why I'm considering buying just three 8gb dual channel kits. they're cheap anyway and I'm kinda interested on trying RAMdisks.

TIA OCN
Edited by jprovido - 10/12/12 at 4:02am
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Yes they will work, assuming no compatibility problems with your Mo-Bo. Google search maybe ?

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You need multiples of 3 DIMMs to run in triple-channel. With just two DIMMs from a dual-channel kit you're only going to be running in dual-channel mode.
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You might not be able to run them with 1.25v because your mobo probably will default to 1.5v. But they should work just fine and 1.5v-1.65v won't hurt the ram at all. With 1.5v, you'll get better timings than stock, maybe 8,8,8,24 which would be a sweet bonus.
    
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You might not be able to run them with 1.25v because your mobo probably will default to 1.5v. But they should work just fine and 1.5v-1.65v won't hurt the ram at all. With 1.5v, you'll get better timings than stock, maybe 8,8,8,24 which would be a sweet bonus.

great catch on the voltage. I don't think I can lower my voltage to 1.25v afaik (I'm running prime95 now because I had to change my overclock) im gonna check it in a few hours.

would it be fine running that memory at 1.5v? I've done my research about that kit and bought it for clients more than a couple of times and I found out they almost have zero overlcocking headroom from a review I read a while back. should I get a different ram with higher voltage rating?
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I'd look for ram near 1.5v - 1.65v just to be safe. I'm almost certain 1.5v would be fine for that ram, but since you're buying new, go for 1.5v atleast.
    
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I'd look for ram near 1.5v - 1.65v just to be safe. I'm almost certain 1.5v would be fine for that ram, but since you're buying new, go for 1.5v atleast.


I just remembered. I'm gonna use 6 sticks right so it's a given I need to bump my DRAM voltage and north bridge. I'm gonna increase the voltage anyway so should I just buy the sniper or get a different one albeit I'm gonna do the same to it as well
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A couple reviews at newegg said they needed to bump the voltage over 1.25v to be stable.

I'd probably look for 1.5 - 1.65v ram, might be cheaper I think.
    
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A couple reviews at newegg said they needed to bump the voltage over 1.25v to be stable.
I'd probably look for 1.5 - 1.65v ram, might be cheaper I think.

from where I'm from this kit is actually the cheapest given the specs. similar kits would cost me about 5-10USD more.


ima find another kit. gimme a minute im gonna post it here

+rep for the help btw. keep em coming smile.gif
post #10 of 12
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my mistake. there's actually a slightly cheaper kit with similar specs. 2x4gb 1600 CL9 and it's 1.5v


http://www.tipidpc.com/viewitem.php?iid=20273064


so I guess this is what I should buy? three of these should look nice on my motherboard. I like the look of the blue heatspreadder
Edited by jprovido - 10/12/12 at 4:30am
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