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Is it worth the effort for dual channel in this laptop?

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So, I bought myself a new gaming laptop this week. Got a MSI G70 Dominator - 895 model. It came base with 8GB of RAM, and a 7200 RPM 1TB HDD. So, since it has easily accessible second 2.5" SATA slot, I went ahead and bought a Samsung EVO 250 GB, and 16 GB of GSkill Ripjaws. Figured as long as I was going in to install a SSD, may as well put some extra memory in there too smile.gif I did it this way, because the G70 model that had a 256 GB SSD and 24 GB of memory preinstalled, was 2100, where as it only cost me a little over 1600 to buy the parts myself.

I've gotten everything set up, cloned the 1TB drive over so that the SSD is now my OS drive and I have a 1TB storage drive. 24GB of total ram. I have to say, it's a pretty nice setup for a laptop IMO hehe. I know there is better, but this thing is plenty of machine for the laptop gaming I do, and as of right now it actually outperforms my desktop in some games because my desktops GPU is a few generations old (waiting on the 800 series desktop cards to upgrade). With that SSD in there my Bios to Windows time is < 4 seconds.

Anyway, that gives sufficient information about my setup haha. And I think it's clearly shown that I'm pleased with the performance of the laptop. However there is one thing that is nagging at me, the memory. I checked, and they for some reason decided to install a single 8GB of memory in one of the under the keyboard slots instead of 2 x 4GB. Ruining the chances of easily having dual channel. Seems like a silly move to me, even if dual channel doesn't make much difference. But that is what I'm questioning, how much difference would dual channel make? Is it worth the effort of getting under the keyboard to replace that 8GB stick of memory?

I know I read a lot of places that 99% of the time, dual channel memory offers no meaningful improvement. What is the 1% of the time where it does?
post #2 of 8
Ditch the original 8GB stick and run your new ones only. It would be rare to use more than 16GB in the first place. This gives you dual channel, room to expand if needed, as well as rules out any potential stability issues by mixing and matching ram (a no no). thumb.gif
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Lol, if I go through the trouble of getting to that stick, I'm not just ditching it, I'm replacing it smile.gif If I go in there I'm probably going to put another 16gb in and put the laptop up to it's max of 32gb. Sure, I might not need it, but why not! biggrin.gif

I've already ran a full series of ram checks and such (always do when I install new ram in something) and haven't ran into any stability issues there.

So the question remains if it's really worth the effort. It involves taking some pieces off around the keyboard that I'm not exactly happy to mess with if it isn't worth it. Always worried I'm going to break one of those tiny plastic tabs or something on pieces like that hehe.
post #4 of 8
Why not? Your wallet. That's why. Take the wife/gf/yourself to dinner... something. But just spending it to have it... that doesn't make sense to me at all.
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It's one of those, I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it kind of things. As for the money, eh if I were at the edge of my budget for this I wouldn't do it, but when I started looking for a gaming laptop I budgeted 2000 for it, so I'm well within it.

Although, I do sometimes actually make use of large amounts of memory. My desktop has 64 gbs in it, and I was using up 44 of that last night. I'm a developer and run VMs, large databases, and things of that nature at times for testing purposes.

Granted, I wont be doing that as much on this new laptop, cause i bought it to be my mobile gaming rig. But if it's the only thing with me and I need to work on something it will get used smile.gif
post #6 of 8
Buy it and feel good with yourself and stop asking for external validation then.

You seem to have your mind made up, so well I can't speak for everyone, but certainly if you need validation youtube or twitter are the places to be.
post #7 of 8
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Lol, I'm not seeking any sort of validation. I asked a simple question of if dual channel was worth the effort, and have yet to get a response pertaining to that specific question. As I said in my first post, most of what I read says 99% of the time dual channel doesn't make a difference. I want to know what the 1% of the time it does is, so that I can decide if I want to risk breaking a plastic tab or something to get at this other memory area.

The perviously mentioned not just ditching it was because if I'm going to go in there once, I may as well go ahead and max out the memory rather than later on need more memory and have to go in a 2nd time.

If my mind were made up, I wouldn't still be here posting. I want to know where / when dual channel can actually make a difference.
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Originally Posted by steven6282 View Post

It's one of those, I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it kind of things. As for the money, eh if I were at the edge of my budget for this I wouldn't do it, but when I started looking for a gaming laptop I budgeted 2000 for it, so I'm well within it.

Although, I do sometimes actually make use of large amounts of memory. My desktop has 64 gbs in it, and I was using up 44 of that last night. I'm a developer and run VMs, large databases, and things of that nature at times for testing purposes.

Granted, I wont be doing that as much on this new laptop, cause i bought it to be my mobile gaming rig. But if it's the only thing with me and I need to work on something it will get used smile.gif
You need to look at your current usage model and that will tell you. But since you run VM's and databases... assuming you will do that on the laptop, then its worth it. If not, I wouldn't.

But I would ditch the odd stick and get a matching pair to avoid stability issues.
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