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8gb dual channel vs 12 gb single channel

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Hi

Specs.

Mainboard: ASRock M3A770DE
CPU: AMD Athlon II x4 630 2.8 GHz
RAM: Kingston 2x4 GB PC3 12800 DDR3-1600

So now my question.

I have 2x2GB PC3-12800 lying her, so what would be better

Putting in 4 more GB's and get a total of 12GB and then loose Dual Channel.

Or just keeping the 8 GB and ****inue to run DC.
post #2 of 5
Just stay with the 8gb. Using unmatched memory can cause issues and I doubt that you are ever going to use even 8gb, not to mention 12gb. There really is no upside here, just potential problems.
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gaming = stay with 8gb dual channel

adobe after effects = go with 12gb single channel
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Originally Posted by edalbkrad View Post

gaming = stay with 8gb dual channel

adobe after effects = go with 12gb single channel

This can affect rendering time, which I'm sure the OP or anyone else would want.
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I think if you have 2 sets of matching sticks they will still run in dual channel.
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