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when it's talking about a "kit" i am thinking that maybe it's built to work as a whole..

so my concern arises. I am interested in buying this gskill "2x2gb memory kit" but I dont think i'd need the whole 4gb total in one computer. I am thinking about splitting them into two computers so I get one 2gb stick in each.

would that effect the ram's performance ? (i personally don't think so but I'd like to hear from ppl with more experience.)

thank you very much.
    
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I did the exact thing on 2 folding rigs. The Gskill 8000's. I couldn't seem to o/c as high, but they ran fine none the less.
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When you put two sticks of equal size RAM in a PC, they run in dual channel mode, which makes it faster, but it really doesn't do much and I saw a benchmark that compared dual channel vs single channel and the differences weren't even noticeable. So yeah, go ahead and split them up, it would be cheaper to by them in a kit than separately anyway.
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Well you wont be able to run dual channel so it may not be as fast

Edit: Beat me to it lol
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When you put two sticks of equal size RAM in a PC, they run in dual channel mode, which makes it faster, but it really doesn't do much and I saw a benchmark that compared dual channel vs single channel and the differences weren't even noticeable. So yeah, go ahead and split them up, it would be cheaper to by them in a kit than separately anyway.
Yep single channel is about 3-8 less productive in real world apps.
    
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When you put two sticks of equal size RAM in a PC, they run in dual channel mode, which makes it faster, but it really doesn't do much and I saw a benchmark that compared dual channel vs single channel and the differences weren't even noticeable. So yeah, go ahead and split them up, it would be cheaper to by them in a kit than separately anyway.
Exactly what I was going to say.

I have done my own benchies in Sandra Lite (don't know where I put the screen shots), and noticed virtually no difference in memory bandwidth in single vs. dual-channel mode (perhaps a couple hundred megahertz different out of 6-7 GHz of overall memory bandwidth). Plus, whether you'll really see a performance "boost" with 2 sticks vs. 1 stick depends entirely on what you do. You *might* see a slight difference in gaming performance (which is very ram-intensive), but likely nothing in normal operation (like application startup, etc.), and likely nothing different in things like video encoding (where the CPU is definitely the bottleneck).
    
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Yep single channel is about 3-8 less productive in real world apps.
in what scale are you talking about ?
    
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I'm guessing he means percent.
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If you plan to eventually reunite the kit on one PC, i don't see a problem with that plan.

If not, i'd get two 2x1 GB kits, as not only will you get slightly better performance due to dual channel, you should be able to save a decent amount of money from two 2x1 GB kits vs. one 2x2 GB kit, at least from all the prices i've seen.
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