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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

OK. Let me ask a follow up question then.

I have 2x8GB in my own system. I never thought I would max it out until the other day when I was doing some photo editing with some very large files. My mem went to over 7.5GB of usage. And Adobe illustrator wouldnt even let me open them due to not enough memory.

So my thoughts were to just add two more 4GB saticks, but then I realized I might run into OCing problems with all 4 dimms populated. So my other options are swap out my 2x4s and get 2x8s.
Or just throw in another 1x4GB for a total of 12GB ram. Would this work? Would it do weird things to my performance when it comes to overclocking and overall RAM performance?

if you want 16GB i would personally go for 2 x 8GB sticks rather than 3 x 4GB - 12GB
short and sweet reading
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-011965.htm
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post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

OK. Let me ask a follow up question then.

I have 2x8GB in my own system. I never thought I would max it out until the other day when I was doing some photo editing with some very large files. My mem went to over 7.5GB of usage. And Adobe illustrator wouldnt even let me open them due to not enough memory.

So my thoughts were to just add two more 4GB saticks, but then I realized I might run into OCing problems with all 4 dimms populated. So my other options are swap out my 2x4s and get 2x8s.
Or just throw in another 1x4GB for a total of 12GB ram. Would this work? Would it do weird things to my performance when it comes to overclocking and overall RAM performance?

This is sort of apple's to oranges but maybe its helpful.

Im running mixed DDR2 ram and populating all 4 ram slots in my am2 board, And in my case I can overclock just fine. My vrms with passive heatsink plus a fan are throttling before anything else. So, in my case all four slots populated does not cause an issue. If your trying tor max benchmark scores and running ram @ 2400 then yeah you may have issues.
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Buy a stick that matches the free 8gb and gracefully donate you 2x4gb to your friends dad..?
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Buy a stick that matches the free 8gb and gracefully donate you 2x4gb to your friends dad..?

Good suggestion!
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You also have the choice of the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H which is $129.99 after rebate and has better MOSFETs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-546
Edited by adridu59 - 2/12/13 at 8:25am
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The free deal expired before he bought. So now I'm selling my 8GB to his dad and I'm getting myself a nice 2x8GB 1866mhz set. biggrin.gif
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You also have the choice of the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H which is $129.99 after rebate and has better MOSFETs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-546

I think he already bought.... Anyways. the asrock will work for what it needs to.
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