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So I finally finished my custom WC loop for my R3E (sig rig). I am ready to play around with some overclocking now that I have all the cooling locked down.

But before I start down this path, I had a couple of questions. I currently have some rather generic Corsair XMS3 1600 RAM populating all six memory slots 12GB total.

Will I be wasting my time trying to overclock with both channels being used vs. using only one channel? Will it cause instability with the memory controller?

Am I better off getting 3x4GB sticks with faster timings and lower voltage requirements?

Any RAM recommendations that yield good quality OC results?
    
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If you're talking about cpu speed being held back by the ram, then don't worry; you can reach 4.6ghz and your ram will be at 1600mhz. Your IMC should be able to handle 6 sticks at 1600mhz without much fuss.

If, however, you want to shoot for 2000mhz or higher, you'll need some better ram. Because of the IC density, 4GB sticks won't clock as well as 2GB sticks, so you're looking at cas 9 @ 2000mhz or cas 7 @ 1600mhz.
 
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