New build single or dual channel memory?
I have just put together a new 9700k build with a Gigabyte Aorus ELite mobo, 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 3200mhz DDR4 and a most massive noctua nh-d15 chromax black cooler inside a Corsair 450D case.
A bit of a conundrum however due to the cooler, when I put both fans on it it covers exactly 2 of the memory slots and my RAM sticks can only go in the B1 and B2 locations (can't see how this noctua design isn't affecting 90% of the boards out there)
As soon as I booted it up the bios said I should use A1 and B1 for a proper dual channel setup or performance is lost.
The way I see it there are three options:
1. Remove the first fan and leave the middle one only on the cpu cooler and then I can use A1/B1 slots but also lose on cooling a little (I also have a Noctua NF-P12 Redux exhaust fan at the rear of the case and 2 x Noctua nf-p14s-redux intake fans at the front)
2. Replace my 2 x 8GB sticks with just one 16GB stick and run single channel vs dual, this time possibly losing on performance (if gaming is not affected then I don't really care)
3. Do nothing and leave the 2 x 8GB sticks in single channel mode as they currently are.
What do you guys think?
Last edited by sd_dracula; 12-03-2019 at 02:13 AM.