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I have heard rumors that the placement of the RAM allows for better or worse performance.

Many people tell me I need to space the sticks out for example (Stick)(Empty)(Stick)(Empty) performs better as dual channel than if it was just (Stick)(Stick)(Empty)(Empty).

Is it true, or just rumor?
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post #2 of 4
well it depends if dual channel is enabled for all 4 slots or just 2

for instance, my motherboard has 4 ram slots. 2 Blue, 2 Black. If I put 1 stick in a Blue, and 1 stick in a black - then they arent dual channel therefore are suposedly slower. But, if I put them in the same color - dual channel is enabled.

If you have 4 sticks, then dont worry.
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I have heard rumors that the placement of the RAM allows for better or worse performance.

Many people tell me I need to space the sticks out for example (Stick)(Empty)(Stick)(Empty) performs better as dual channel than if it was just (Stick)(Stick)(Empty)(Empty).

Is it true, or just rumor?
Stick them in the same colored slots. Most likely the dual channels would be slot 1, 3 and 2, 4.

Edit: Looked up your motherboard. You'll have to stick it in either the black or yellow ones. 1, 2 or 3,4.
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1 and 3 allow for about 50MHz higher overclocks, with less voltage, compared to 2 and 4 on my Blood Iron.

My system will not complete a POST at DDR-1200 using 2&4, but I can go to 1260 with 1&3.

It's not a fluke or isolated incident. I have four Blood Irons and they all behave this way.

1 & 3 are closer to the NB and the shorter trace length must have an advantage on these boards.
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