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Hey guys. I wanna get another 4GB of RAM, cuz Newegg has 15% off of any RAM today. I want to get another 2x2GB 1866MHz, but wondering which is better (2sticks of 4GB) or (4sticks of 2GB)? I have read that 2 Sticks are easier to overclock. I will not oc the RAM, but will it affect CPU oc on Sandy Bridge?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 12
I would go for the 2x4GB kit, makes easy for NB. Even don't OC, it allow you have two slots in case you need to add more ram.
Edited by linskingdom - 1/25/11 at 10:25am
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2 Sticks will be easier on the IMC thus higher CPU overclocking potential
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2x4GB fo sho
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post #5 of 12
What these guys said bro. Less stress for that NB
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What these guys said bro. Less stress for that NB
Less stress even the ram is not oc? I already have 2 sticks and looks like getting another 2x2gb is cheaper.

Does newegg have RAM discounts often?
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post #7 of 12
4x2GB usually requires more voltage and looser timings or lower bandwidth. In other words, your memory won't even run at its' rated timings.

2x4GB is definately the way to go - sell your 2x2GB. If you want some good memory at a good price, try these.

I saw the 15% off deal and purchased these this morning. I already have them, but Fry's charge me $199 for them and they're still within the 15-day return policy - so you know what I'll be doing.
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post #8 of 12
I'm debating doing the same thing. Another set of 2x2 for 50$ shipped is hard to pass up. Compared to 150$ for a set of 2x4.
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post #9 of 12
depends on the ram timing your looking for. 4GB stick wont do low timing like 2gb sticks.
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I had this issue with my ASRock P55 Extreme - I purchased 4x2GB of G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 and I couldn't get it to run unless I downclocked it below 1333 and put more than it's rated voltage into it, and I wasn't willing to do that. Now I run with 4GB for better timings.
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