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Just a thought, but you probably get better airflow around 2x2GB sticks then having four sticks bunched together. Now 2GB sticks might heat up more, maybe someone could answer that.
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like everyone else has said. i prefer the 2x2's vs 4x1. i have had both, and my board seemed to like the 2x2's better, i was able to o/c alittle higher.
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I wouldn't use the 8gb expandability as a real argument, simply because by the time 8gb is really standard, we will all be on DDR3 anyway.

2x2 is likely less stressful on the memory controller, but i have never ever seen anything to prove this. Its all really a crapshoot.

just scour some forums to make sure your mobo doesn't have a history of being incompatible with 4x1, and if not, just go with whatever is cheapest. My board never had a problem with 4x1, and I know that only some of the earlier AMDs and the early C2D boards had some issues with not providing enough voltage across the board.

But with that x38, you should be fine with whatever way you go.
    
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2x2 is likely less stressful on the memory controller, but i have never ever seen anything to prove this. Its all really a crapshoot.
I'll give you proof.

My first EVGA 680i died with 4x1 sticks of OCZ ram within three weeks of installation, and that was only with tightened timings and stock voltage. I've only used two sticks since on the new board and have been issue free for months. So at the very least, 4x1 is very bad for 680i reference boards.
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I wouldn't use the 8gb expandability as a real argument, simply because by the time 8gb is really standard, we will all be on DDR3 anyway.

2x2 is likely less stressful on the memory controller, but i have never ever seen anything to prove this. Its all really a crapshoot.

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But with that x38, you should be fine with whatever way you go.
My thoughts exactly. By the time I need 8Gb I'll be buying DDR5, and probably more like 16Gb. It does look like a crap shoot.....I'm trying some low latency Patriot 2x2 sticks, then likely look for a good 4x1 kit as well.
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