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Is 3x4GB easier on an i7 IMC as opposed to 6x2GB?

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I was running 12GB (6x2GB) G.Skill Trident DDR3-2000 on my sig rig for a while, but it required WAY too much QPI voltage to be stable, I'm talking into 1.6v. I have read that it is common when 1) running ram at higher frequencies and 2) when occupying all 6 ram slots.

So my question is: to get 12GB to run at a decent speed (1600-2000MHz) is it easier on the IMC of an i7 to run 3x4GB of ram vs. 6x2GB?

Or is 12GB the same as 12GB no matter how the modules are configured?
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3x4GB is easier on the memory controller. It does not have to address 6 different DIMMs. It just has more addresses in 3 DIMMs.
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That's what I figured. I know if I'm running upwards toward 2000MHz it will need more QPI voltage but shouldn't be as bad as all 6 slots being filled.
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