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One 4GB stick or 2x2GB sticks?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by WhiteLotus, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. WhiteLotus

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    Which would perform better, I understand the 2x2 running in dual channel but is this benefit worth the extra £20 that I would have to spend over a single 4GB one?
     
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    yes
     
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    No. I have noticed no practical difference between single and dual channel memory.
     
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    Get the 4GB stick, that way you'll be able to get more sticks in the future.
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would say get 2x2gb sticks... but you can eventually have 2x4gb sticks so I'd go with the single channel for now.
     
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    Another vote for 1x4Gb, same reasoning as posts above.
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    That's a good point, i say go with that.
     
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    sweet £20 saved, thanks guys.
     
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    i was running 4x1gb n then a stick died. Running 3x1gb in single channel. At desktop i will say my system seems a tad snappier with just 2gb in dual channel.....games however definitely needed that extra gig. When it comes to game performance, w/e gets you most or sets you up to have the most ram will win over dual/tri/any channel ram if the dual+ channeled ram is less than when in single channel.

    4gb stick is my vote, add another later
     
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    AFAIK having all slots filled is not desired for your system to work best but its ok if you have to.

    just try to use half the slots if that still gives you the ram you need

    i dont think it still applies, but there was a time when it was said its best to balance the memory between the two channels

    the trouble with planning to add more ram later is by that time we are upgrading everything else so we need different ram again anyway :banghead:
     

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