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I currently have 4 dimm slots in my system.
I have 2 * 2gb sticks installed. And i have 2*4gb (identical frequency and timings) sticks waiting to get put in
So my question is what will yield better performance? Keeping my 2 2 GB sticks and putting the 2 4 GB sticks in the other to slots for a grand total of 12gb of memory. Or remove the 2 2gb sticks and replace them with the two 4gb sticks which will only leave me with 8GB of memory?
post #2 of 5
Just whack them all in, just make sure that it goes,

2gb stick (Slot one)
4gb stick (Slot two)
2gb stick (slot three)
4gb stick (slot four)

As you said they are identical speeds and timing then it will run nicely smile.gif
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Originally Posted by ryanbob1234 View Post

Just whack them all in, just make sure that it goes,

2gb stick (Slot one)
4gb stick (Slot two)
2gb stick (slot three)
4gb stick (slot four)

As you said they are identical speeds and timing then it will run nicely smile.gif
Don't forget that they need to be the same voltage too.
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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
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post #4 of 5

I doubt that more than 8GB will ever be necessary - but if you do mix them, the best results are had with the same speed, voltage, and timings.

 

Also, ryanbob1234's config above nets a single channel memory setup - this is not optimal, so don't arrange them the way he said. Dual channel setups are gained when DIMMs are placed in same-colour slots. The slot channelling layout is not the same on all motherboards. Some motherboards alternate the slots, while some like this one don't. For the OP, that means more ideally you should probably have something like:

 

2GB stick (slot 1)

2GB stick (slot 2)

4GB stick (slot 3)

4GB stick (slot 4)

 

as your RAM slots are blue-blue-white-white.

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Thanks to everyone who helped. +REP(S)
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