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One Of My DIMM Slots Broke (Tri-Channel Mobo) - Running In 2 Channel Ok?

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So, I can't really find a straight answer online. Here is my motherboard - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3265#ov

DIMM slot A just broke for some random reason. None of my 3 sticks will load in it, so I took out one of my stick and left the other 2 in slot C and D and then boot fine together. The thing is, this board was build to either run a single stick in DIMM slot B, or tri-channel in slots A, C, and D.

Is it ok to run dual channel in C and D? So far the performance seems ok.

If it is ok then I guess I will look at buying more ram (sadly) as my sticks are 2GB sticks. 4GB just doesn't quite cut it when gaming on Win 7 pro 64 bit. Almost 2GB is taken up by the OS itself which only really gives me 2GB for games. When I was running on 6GB it seemed fine, so I might just invest in 2 stick that are 4GB each.

Does this sound sensible, or am I going to run into configuration issues?

It is not an option for me to save up and get the latest mobo + CPU, I just don't have the money.
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From what i have heard, the difference between Dual, tri and quad channel is not noticeable outside of benchmarks.

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I too have an Asus P6X58 that for no reason started not recognizing its first slot. I also had a Rampage III that did the same thing, I cleaned the DIMM and socket out with electrical contact cleaner and that one seemed to work fine after everything was reinstalled. The other board never responded to cleaning. For about $5 I think its work a shot.

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Originally Posted by Disturbed117 View Post

From what i have heard, the difference between Dual, tri and quad channel is not noticeable outside of benchmarks.

Thanks. I figured as much but just wanted to ask people here as well. I think I will go ahead and order 2X4GB sticks soon, unless anyone here has any objections? As I said, I can't afford a serious upgrade just yet, i'll give it at least 1 more year.
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I too have an Asus P6X58 that for no reason started not recognizing its first slot. I also had a Rampage III that did the same thing, I cleaned the DIMM and socket out with electrical contact cleaner and that one seemed to work fine after everything was reinstalled. The other board never responded to cleaning. For about $5 I think its work a shot.

Thanks for the tip. I found some on Amazon. It's worth a shot I guess, although I would have liked to pay a little less, I was expecting like £3 for a small bottle but nevermind.
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post #5 of 7

That is nice size can though. Can come in very handy, trust me.

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Ha, well after a long time of daignosis I figured it out. I did use the contact cleaner that I had bought today, along with compressed air, but that did not do anything, futhermore I noticed that 2 of my 4 DIMM slots were not working. It seemed too much of an inconviniance for both not to work due to severed connection or dirt/grime so I lifted my CPU (took it as an excuse to re-apply my artic silver 5) and I noticed 2 pins on the CPU slot were slightly bent. I missed it the first few times but noticed it when looking very, very close, good job I have good eye sight. I moved them back into position with a pair of small surgical scissors, re-booted the system and it worked. 6 GB now being reconised and all DIMM slots are reconised once again.

I just thought I would come back and post to tell anyone how I did it as I know OCN is high up on the Google rankings, and I hate it when I am reading a thread from a Google search and the owner either posts "I solved it, close the thread" and does not explain how they did it, or doesn't post at all because they solved it and they don't care about people like you and me doing a Google search to find the answer to that problem frown.gif.

All good biggrin.gif. I must have bent the pin when re-seating the CPU last month and did not even realise I was only using 4GB instead of 6GB. Huh, shows how much RAM is overrated for gamers when I see people with 16GB system, lol, overkill. I have been playing BF4 on high settings for the past month no problem on 4GB.
Edited by Sin100 - 3/26/14 at 12:48pm
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Good to hear.

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