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Should i mix match rams with diff timings?

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Ok right now i have A DATA 4gb ddr3 1600 9-9-9-24 and that's taking 2/4 of my ram slots. Now i was going to get 2 more of that exact ram, but i don't want all my ram slots filled so i was going to just get another stick of 4gb ram but that ram is a completely diff brand and diff timings. Is this not advised?
post #2 of 11
I wouldn't do it because it could cause instability. Plus, if you have 3 sticks in a dual channel board, then that's less than optimal. On top of that, the slower sticks take priority, which means the faster sticks are automatically reconfigured to match the specs of the slower sticks.

Not only that, but do you truly need more memory?
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I'm trying to be more future proof
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Oh. So then why not upgrade the memory when you really need it?
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Makes sense, lol.
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i would rather upgrade the memory when ddr3 prices drop like a brick when DDR4 entters the market
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$47 for 4gb ddr3 1600, cl 9, not so bad imo
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by redhat_ownage View Post
i would rather upgrade the memory when ddr3 prices drop like a brick when DDR4 entters the market
DDR3's prices won't drop when the DDR4's come out. Instead it will rise just as the DDR2's did when the DDR3's came out.
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post #9 of 11
I don't think it'd be a very good idea - especially if this 3rd kit uses generic timings and you're trying to mix em with performance (then you'd have wasted your money on the performance kit)
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when mixing ram you want to be as careful as possible. I am mixing ram right now, but I was EXTREMELY lucky because my extra ram runs at the same volts and same timing at 800mhz.
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