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difference between dual channel and triple-channel packaging

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hay guys
so i went to the store today and i found corsair dominators GT triple-channel for core i7 which has 3 RAM.
but i have a crosshair formula IV with 1090T that only support dual channel RAMs so the shop owner said he will give me one more extra RAM so now i have 4 RAMs
my question is, is there be any physical difference between the corsair dominators GT dual-channel packaging RAM and the triple-channel packaging RAM ? other than that dual channel comes only with 2 rams and the triple channel comes only with 3 ram

this is the one i found
• 6GB kit for Intel Core i7: Part number CMG6GX3M3A2000C8, matched set of three 2GB modules, DDR3, 2000MHz, 8-8-8-24 latency timings.
    
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post #2 of 8
Channel count is a feature of the memory controller.

There is no difference between a package of 'triple channel memory' and one of 'dual channel memory' aside from the amount of sticks that come in the plastic wrap, just make sure the additional stick has the same specifications as the kit (frequency, voltage, timings, etc).
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post #3 of 8
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Channel count is a feature of the memory controller.

There is no difference between a package of 'triple channel memory' and one of 'dual channel memory' aside from the amount of sticks that come in the plastic wrap, just make sure the additional stick has the same specifications as the kit (frequency, voltage, timings, etc).
thankx that what i thought too but just wana make sure
    
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post #4 of 8
Those are Elpida Hypers! Very good for OC-ing
but You'll want to use only 2/3 DIMMs for proper dual channel operation, AMD does not support triple channel
You can use the 4th module with it, if it is the same then you would have 4x2GB of Elpida Hyper memory and 1600 6-6-6 or ~1900 7-7-7 goodness!
post #5 of 8
Quote:
You'll want to use only 2/3 DIMMs for proper dual channel operation
You could always just put the controller into Ganged mode if you only wanted to use 3 sticks. Granted, you would still retain the bandwidth of dual channel (3x only exists on 1366).
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post #6 of 8
The Memories themselves aren't physically different, neither is their performance stick-wise. What you WILL notice though, is the drop of performance caused by using a Triple-Channel kit on an AMD system. Basically you'll have a Single-Channel configuration since your system doesn't use Triple-Channel memory kits. You'd be better off using Dual-Channel kits since your system DOES support Dual-Channel - resulting in better results than Triple-Channel (actual Single-Channel)
post #7 of 8
Obviously nobody read the OP where he said he was getting a 4th stick..
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post #8 of 8
If at a good price despite 3 kits, get it... use 2 kits. Those are 2000 8-8-8 therefore they are Elpida Hypers, the best ICs you can get for AMD systems.
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