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looks like i made the mistake of buying a dual channel kit for my triple channel mobo.


but might not be so bad. can i run 3 of the same dual channel kits in a triple channel configuration?

i was planning on getting to 24gb of ram total, so might as well do it now than later. and buying the dual kits is cheaper per gb of ram at the cas latency i want (cas 7).


any thoughts?
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Probably,if you get them from the same place around the same time.Since manufacturers(especially GSkill) use different IC's even in the same part number-you should try and get them all from the same batch.
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unfortunately i received my first 2x4gb kit a few days ago. probably placed the order a week or so ago.

you think it'd be safe to order the other 2 kits tonight?

only other option would be to RMA back to newegg, but that would cost me $30 in restocking and shipping back to them.

what would you guys do?
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cant believe i didnt catch that, sorry man. but if its cheaper per gb, i guess its not all bad, just inconvenient

i wouldnt worry about it being picky about batch #'s. since its 1600mhz ram, you will probably not be overclocking the RAM much when you get your CPU to 4.0ghz (this is the main benefit of higher clocked RAM, and the reason i recommend it the most), infact you might underclock it, depending on what you want to do...

you can set your bclk to 211(211x19=4ghz) then you will have RAM dividers like 1:6 or 2:10 or 1:8. they could be different. use the one that gets you closest to your RAM's stock speed.

1:6 gives you a RAM speed of 1266mhz
2:10 (reduces to 1:5) 1055mhz
or 1:8 = 1688mhz

so, by the looks of this, anything below 1:8 ratio will actually downclock your RAM (if you do downclock, you could tighten timings or lower voltages). you will probably run them at 1688mhz if the 1:8 divider/ratio is available, and any decent ram should be capable of an 88mhz overclock. i wouldnt really recommend raising the voltage of the RAM above 1.65v (the sticks you linked earlier are 1.6v, but if you need to, you can bump them up to 1.65) for a new overclocker, but if for some reason the sticks wont run at 1688mhz and CAS7, you could loosen the timings to CAS8 but i see no reason why those sticks wouldnt be able to run at 1688mhz
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no worries it's not your fault.

but let's say that i do end up buying 3 of those dual kits for my triple channel mobo. if they do have different IC's, does that mean i can't use them at all? or does it just mean i can't use them in a triple channel configuration?

and what are the benefits of running a triple channel configuration?
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the IC is just a part of the RAM. the IC model can indicate quality of the RAM or overclocking ability. different ICs will work with each other fine. one of your kits might not OC as well as another, but any of those sticks should run an 88mhz OC. my Corsair kinda-cheapo RAM can run 150 mhz OC from 800mhz to 950. im sure modules binned at 1600mhz are capable of atleast a decent OC


as far as the triple channel question goes, the i7 series were designed to run in triple channel. this increases your memory bandwidth, although not as much as we had hoped. it was deemed that the triple channels relatively small increase in performance didnt warrant it's extra building cost so SB went back to dual channel and AMD stayed dual channel. the next gen of CPUs are reporting quad-channel RAM. if you have a triple channel setup, you should definately take advantage of a triple channel setup, otherwise youre wasting bandwith. the computer will still run without a triple channel setup, if necessary, but not recommended.
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I've bought 3 different pairs throughout the past year and a half. The first two sets I've received are green pcbs. The newer ones are black and they don't like being run together at stock settings via XMP.

Not sure which g.skills you got, but if they're the older style ripjaws you should be fine as they were just revised, but if they're the ripjaw x's. Then you probably want to get the two other sets or single stick as soon as you can.
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I've bought 3 different pairs throughout the past year and a half. The first two sets I've received are green pcbs. The newer ones are black and they don't like being run together at stock settings via XMP.

Not sure which g.skills you got, but if they're the older style ripjaws you should be fine as they were just revised, but if they're the ripjaw x's. Then you probably want to get the two other sets or single stick as soon as you can.
yea, XMP is technically like a stock overclock on the RAM, so one pair might not clock like the other kit because they are already being OC'd to reach the XMP spec.


and he got the older ripjaws that run at 1.6-1.65v instead of the Xseries that run at 1.5v for SB because they are better suited for his build.


if you got the money man, go for the 24. if you dont have the money, it wont make a huge difference if you dont have triple RAM right now.
    
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Alright, yeah even though they're rated the exact same, they don't always play exactly the same. I'm going to get a hold of G.skill Monday and see if they can do anything for me. I've heard they're quite good with things.

Just telling you from a person who already has the problem. Good luck with the build. It's looking pretty lol!
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