I just orderd my gaming pc parts from newegg and i orderd gskills ripjaw 1600 8gb of RAM it cam with a Corsair Vengeance stick 8gb as well for free. Can i utilize both sticks even though they are different brand?
Sorry for being unclear i bought (G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) and it came with a single stick of CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) for free. Can i make use of them all for maximum memory?Originally Posted by Forceman
You aren't clear, but I see three possibilities. You have two 8GB sticks (one G.Skill and one Corsair). You have a 8GB kit of G.Skill (2x4GB) and a third 8GB Corsair stick. Or you have two 2x4GB kits, one G.Skill and one Corsair.
If it is the first option, you should be able to run them together, you'll just have to run them at the speed of the slower stick (or risk overclocking the other one) and you may have to set the timings manually. But they are probably close enough to the same settings that it'll work fine right out of the box. There's nothing magical about matched sets, except that they have the same timings and SPD info.
If it is the second, just run the 2x4GB kit and sell the 8GB stick.
If you have two 2x4GB kits (so 4 sticks and 16GB total) then they will work just fine together. But you'd still probably better off just selling one of the kits, since 16GB is overkill for most rigs.