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Hey,

my motherboard is an ax8 - the spec's say its dual channel 400. Can i put single channel 400 in it? Is it backwards compatible. I will eventually change it to a dual channel matching kit.

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post #2 of 4
Yea, you will never have a problem with only putting one stick in, it's just telling you that you can have dual channel if you want, don't worry about what the specs say, you can always have single channel in.

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post #3 of 4
Also, dual channel doesn't give you a huge performance increase over single channel...At most you are looking at a 5% system performance increase.
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To top it off there is no "dual channel" RAM. The only reason they label it as dual channel is because they use the same chips in both modules. You could buy 2 single sticks at different times and still be able to use the dual channel function of your MOBO.l
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