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So right now I've got 3x2gb of G.Skill ram, these ones:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-20231225-L06A

They have served me well, but I happen to have gotten a good amount of money for christmas and am looking to throw some more ram in here. I could grab that six gig setup again for a total of 12gb.

I was also thinking of switching to 4gb sticks instead of 2gb sticks for future upgradeability, and I saw these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226095

Which you can get with a coupon code for 79.99.

ALSO, these are an option:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+...ract_desc=null

And have the added benefit of being from Best Buy, my place of employment, which means if I ever need to RMA I can just swap them out indefinitely.

Any suggestions? Or other ones I can get that are semi-cheap but also able to overclock this 970 eventually?
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Nah you don't really use more than 6gb of ram do you?

Well since you do that 8gb kit would be a decent upgrade,like you said to free up space,but they aren't triple channel.Maybe you could go with 3-4gb modules.
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I was wondering that as well. Is DDR3 memory inherently dual or triple channel, or does it depend on whether or not your board can handle it? i.e. Could I get 2x4gb stick packs three times and have 24gb in triple channel theoretically (not that I am considering this).

Also, does anyone have any opinions on that Corsair memory that I have at Best Buy?
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I was wondering that as well. Is DDR3 memory inherently dual or triple channel, or does it depend on whether or not your board can handle it?
Negative. DDR is double-data rate, it's simply a DRAM specification. Think of DDR as old socket. DDR2 is an newer, faster socket, and is incompatible with the previous socket. Same with DDR3. It's just next in line, the "3" has nothing to do with dual or triple-channel.

The number of channels that you can read at once depends on your chip (which in-turn depends on your mobo, as you've stated). Right now, the 1366 socket is the only triple-channel. (The current i7 9xx and some 8xx chips) This just means that the RAM is interleaved to split and read from 3 channels concurrently instead of 2. That's all that means. If the number of sticks in your board is divisible by 3, then you're triple channel. If it's divisible by 2 (and not 6 sticks in triple-channel), then you're in dual-channel (or quad, but that's not out yet ).

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i.e. Could I get 2x4gb stick packs three times and have 24gb in triple channel theoretically (not that I am considering this).
Sure can. You would have 2 sets of triple-channel here.
Edited by Plex - 12/27/10 at 7:17am
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I want to add that adding more memory when you're not actually using what you already have is not a performance increase in any way. In-fact, it can actually hurt you and really put a damper on your overclock. The less DIMMs in this case, the better. VERY rarely do people actually find a way to use 4-6GB of RAM. Are you certain that you need more?
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Ah, well thanks for confirming my suspicion about the way the dual and triple channel works.

Let's say that I don't want to get any more memory, maybe I could just replace the 6gb that I have with some better performing/overclocking memory?

Honestly I just have some money to burn and I'm not sure what else to do lol My RAM is the oldest component in my PC.
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The ram upgrade will only show a difference in benchmarks.Maybe you should just spend it on a new game or two and actually make use of the power you have,.
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Ah, well thanks for confirming my suspicion about the way the dual and triple channel works.
Anytime .

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Let's say that I don't want to get any more memory, maybe I could just replace the 6gb that I have with some better performing/overclocking memory?
Sure, you could find another kit with tighter timings or something. You're not very likely to notice any substantial performance boost, though.

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Honestly I just have some money to burn and I'm not sure what else to do lol My RAM is the oldest component in my PC.
Have an SSD yet?
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Yeah, I've got a 128gb Kingston lol Best upgrade I've ever done.

Guess I'll look around some more. Thanks for the info
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Yeah, I've got a 128gb Kingston lol Best upgrade I've ever done.

Guess I'll look around some more. Thanks for the info
A second 6870!

Also, your 970 can clock so much higher than that with your NH-D14 24/7 stable.
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