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Theatrically when I build my new system I could make it 24 gb of ddr3 with some 4gb sticks of ripjaws. However at what point is there no point or loss of performance?
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When you get 6 sticks of memory (i.e. 6 4GB sticks) running at solid speed and timings, it is unbeatable for most tasks. However, I don't know if it is actually possible.
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Theatrically when I build my new system I could make it 24 gb of ddr3 with some 4gb sticks of ripjaws. However at what point is there no point or loss of performance?
What would you do that would require 24 gigs?
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When you get 6 sticks of memory (i.e. 6 4GB sticks) running at solid speed and timings, it is unbeatable for most tasks. However, I don't know if it is actually possible.
Six 4gb sticks of jaws. Why would that not be possible in tri-channel?
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Six 4gb sticks of jaws. Why would that not be possible in tri-channel?
He is not talking about the channel mode. He is talking about stability with 6 sticks trying to run at low timings and high speeds. There is a reason why you want to have as few sticks as possible that you need.

Also, the performance is negligible once you don't need as much as you have. If you only use 6GB and you install 106845767GB, that is overkill as it will only use 6GB.
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He is not talking about the channel mode. He is talking about stability with 6 sticks trying to run at low timings and high speeds. There is a reason why you want to have as few sticks as possible that you need.

Also, the performance is negligible once you don't need as much as you have. If you only use 6GB and you install 106845767GB, that is overkill as it will only use 6GB.
So what would new a good example of what someone would use 12gb our more of memory for? And while it may not slow things down to have excess there is just no point if not being used. Then again motherboards have the 4-6 slots to use and 4gb sticks.
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Depends completely on what you do.

If you never use that much RAM, it's dead weight. However if you need more than what you have currently, you'll really wish you had it.

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What would you do that would require 24 gigs?
http://www.arb-home.de/home.html - takes about 18GiB in normal use with the most recent database. If I try to align the entire thing it wants about 60GiB (which means it crashes, or takes days, on the workstation I built with 24GiB of memory).
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Depends completely on what you do.

If you never use that much RAM, it's dead weight. However if you need more than what you have currently, you'll really wish you had it.



http://www.arb-home.de/home.html - takes about 18GiB in normal use with the most recent database. If I try to align the entire thing it wants about 60GiB (which means it crashes, or takes days, on the workstation I built with 24GiB of memory).
Part of me is curious as to what would take or need so much memory.
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