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I'm about to upgrade to an eVGA 780i for my new build, and along with it, I'll have the capability for faster RAM. I'll also be getting two 7200.11 500GB HDD's and setting up RAID 0, getting a new copy of Home Premium, since my current OEM license won't work, and my new case should be getting here soon.

My dilemma is, should I save a little money and just anticipate capping out at 4GB of RAM? I'll be using 64-bit, and I have 8GB now, and some people say it's overkill. But with 1066 or 1333 RAM, should I buy 4 sticks of 1GB RAM and call it good, or would it really be beneficial in the long run to just get 2 sticks of 2GB RAM now? Is 4GB=4GB no matter how your sticks are laid out? Thanks in advance for the help!!
Edited by hiiyah777 - 6/16/08 at 9:00pm
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well with 4x1GB you cannot run dual channel, but with 2x2gb will. and they its little but cheaper now adays
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2x2gb would overclock better.
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If your are going for 4gigs. Two sticks of 2x2gigs. It will put less stress on the memory controller.
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well with 4x1GB you cannot run dual channel, but with 2x2gb will. and they its little but cheaper now adays

If he decide to go with 4x1 gig. Yes he will have dual channel. I have it like that and it's dualing.
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well with 4x1GB you cannot run dual channel, but with 2x2gb will. and they its little but cheaper now adays
What are you talkin about? 4x1 = dual channel with each pair of sticks.
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well with 4x1GB you cannot run dual channel, but with 2x2gb will. and they its little but cheaper now adays
Why can't 4x1GB run Dual Channel? I was under the impression if you got Dual Channel RAM, then you're good. Can you explain that better? Also, what's the real advantage of Dual Channel?
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Dual-channel technology was created to address the issue of bottlenecks. Increased processor speed and performance requires other, less prominent components to keep pace. In the case of dual channel design, the intended target is the memory controller, which regulates data flow between the CPU and system memory (RAM). The memory controller determines the types and speeds of RAM as well as the maximum size of each individual memory module and the overall memory capacity of the system. When the memory is unable to keep up with the processor, however, a bottleneck occurs, leaving the CPU with nothing to process. Under the single-channel architecture, any CPU with a bus speed greater than the memory speed would be susceptible to this bottleneck effect.

The dual-channel configuration alleviates the problem by doubling the amount of available memory bandwidth. Instead of a single memory channel, a second parallel channel is added. With two channels working simultaneously, the bottleneck is reduced. Rather than wait for memory technology to improve, dual-channel architecture simply takes the existing RAM technology and improves the method in which it is handled. While the actual implementation differs between Intel and AMD motherboards, the basic theory stands.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_channel
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post #9 of 21
every ram is mostly dual channel you just have to have a dual channel capable board,as long as there the two sticks are on the same color slots you got dual channel
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Thanks Dan, you've been a real help. So I take it there are no real advantages of running 4x1GB, right guys?
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