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Simply something I've never understood:rolleyes:: assuming all clocks and timings are identical, is there an advantage to having quad channel instead of dual channel, performance-wise? Thanks!
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FYI its still dual channel
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^Yup.

And I would personally go with 2x4GB so you have more slots open if you choose to upgrade in the future.

Not saying that 8GB isn't enough! lachen.gif
    
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i'd go 2x4GB also and put less strain on your northbridge.
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I think it's better performance to have more sticks so it's spreads the calculations better, but the downfall of that is: all your ram slots are goingto be occupied so if you want to add more later you will have issue of throwing the old 2 sticks away.

But who needs more then 4gb anyway right?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RushMore1205;12515845 
I think it's better performance to have more sticks so it's spreads the calculations better, but the downfall of that is: all your ram slots are goingto be occupied so if you want to add more later you will have issue of throwing the old 2 sticks away.

But who needs more then 4gb anyway right?




Besides pretty much ever server running virtual machines, CAD machines, and most enterprise computers... no one
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Sorry to jump to conclusions I assumed he was an average gamer, I runmultiple os at the same time and do some solidworks
but even with that never goes above 5.5gb
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RushMore1205;12515919 
Sorry to jump to conclusions I assumed he was an average gamer, I runmultiple os at the same time and do some solidworks
but even with that never goes above 5.5gb



Well what I do, we need 24gbs of RAM to support all of our VM's.
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post #9 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Maximus Desces Meridius;12515806 
FYI its still dual channel


Sounds like I need a better lesson here...redface.gif

I figured:

Single channel = one stick
Dual channel = two sticks
Triple channel = three sticks
etc.

So how is Quad channel not just four sticks?

Also, I do mess around in CAD sometimes and have been known to run VMs.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by darthjoe229;12516580 
Sounds like I need a better lesson here...redface.gif

I figured:

Single channel = one stick
Dual channel = two sticks
Triple channel = three sticks
etc.

So how is Quad channel not just four sticks?

Also, I do mess around in CAD sometimes and have been known to run VMs.

You have four slots on your AMD motherboard, there're two kinds of slots, you can install your memory in single channel or dual channel. Its like one channel supports two slots, so if you put your memory to those slots, you will have two memorysticks in single channel and visa versa. There's no quad channel yet. So if you install four sticks, you will be installing two to one channel and two to the other channel. I dont know if this explanation went mechanically right but I think the idea is right still biggrin.gif
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