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O.K. I'm a bit of a noob on some of this but when I shopped for RAM awhile back, the salesguy at Fry's recommended
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 12GB (2 x 4G) for my ASUS X-58 Sabertooth Mobo. and told me: I could double-match it when I'm ready to add the same make/amount of RAM when I want to upgrade. Is this true? I've always heard that you need to buy the same matching RAM at the same time. Or does it matter as long as it's the exact same make, configuration / specs, etc.?

Please advise. I'm not a techie, just a DIY--paint-by-numbers type.

Thanks,

Chaz
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It does not matter as long as they are same specs.
 
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yeah your good...same specs=matching ram for dual channel
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post #4 of 5
Just make sure they are completely the same for best performance. Some times companies will slightly change manufacturing and change timings.etc. Otherwise, your RAM will perform only as fast as the slowest stick(s).

Likely not a problem with Corsair, but, it happens.
 
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Thanks for the speedy reply Guys. Much appreciated.

Chaz
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