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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post
Yeah they would be same colored. On this board. The two and four slots would be the same channel on this one right? I guess I'm just wondering if it would work not in the slot next to the cpu, but in the next one in with the second stick in the same channel.
???
You can put the ram in the black slots and it would be the same as the blue slots.
post #12 of 18
Oh right, just realized this isn't the 770-C45 I'm dealing with should be fine I think, make sure it's same-coloured
post #13 of 18
i would stick with 2x4gb in either the 1 and 2 dimms or the 3 and 4 dimms. mine are 2x2gb in dimms 3 and 4 the blue slots on the msi 790fx-gd70 my performance is the same as if i had them in dimms 1 and 2. the only reason i have them in dimms 3 and 4 is because its directly inline with my #2 intake fan on the top of my case and if i put them in dimms 1 and 2 they sit in the middle of the fan which results in minimal cooling
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Thanks for all the informative replies guys!


But one more question before the thread dies;

what about using 3*2 sticks? Would that destroy all the dual-channel boost?
Because I'm having the same issue with the heatsink. My Contac29 is huuge.. My current ram on slot 0 barely fits under it and the Ripjaw's I'm going buy won't fit there for sure.

So I'll either have to go 2*2 (slots 1-3) or 3*2 (slots 1-2-3).

I'm a memory-obsessed gamer, most of the time i'm over 3GB used memory, so 6 gb would be useful for general performance ( My Opera alone takes 600mb memory )
    
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post #16 of 18
3x2gb is pointless, you lose half your memory bandwidth.
Ignore the used memory stat in win7, it is mostly caching that's released when you fire up an application that needs it.
Keep 2 of your current sticks and go out and buy 2x2GB sticks and run 6GB.

To the OP:
2GB sticks clock better, but 4 sticks stresses your memory controller more.
4GB sticks don't clock as well, but the lower stress on your IMC will let your CPU run at higher clocks.

Edit: Memory that doesn't clock well is only a problem if you have to use b-clock to get your speed.
Edited by allikat - 3/27/11 at 7:10am
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post #17 of 18
My current setup is a DDR2 one though, going to replace my Mobo.

And I wouldn't be able to use 4 sticks, thanks to my humongous heatsink


And I agree with your Windows memory-monitor point. But I really get close to the limits some times. 1.3 GB + 700 MB for a long game session + my browser isn't a rare thing.

When I watch online TV on background, have some Java softwares running (work related, heavy stuff) I get close to 4gb.
I have a tendency to keep everything open and I love the luxury of alt-tabbing, so more memory is useful ;-)
    
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post #18 of 18
3x2GB will run interleaved. The 2x2GB in the correct slots will run dual channel and RAM will be interleaved to use those two DIMMs till you pass 4GB usage... your RAM will often be seen as dual channel by apps like CPU-Z. However, after 4GB usage the entire setup reverts to single channel and you begin losing performance. Since most people don't use more than 4GB anyway and the benefit of more RAM may be outweighed by the fact that more RAM would be running in single channel (which theoretically halfs your bandwidth), I usually recommend taking out the third DIMM (or adding a 4th one).
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