|Thanks for getting back to me riider|
You say: "Exactly right, well, sort of." So I need to get some clarity on this because I'm getting confused. With how CPUz reads slots, my mobo labels slots and what you're saying, I'm not entirely sure what you are calling 1,2, A & B, and referring to as a channel.
My Gigabyte mobo has 4 slots. From left to right starting closest to the cpu, Gigabyte labels them in the manual as 4, 2, 3, 1. As per most mobo's the slots are color coded to make it easier: slots 1 & 2 are grey and slots 3 & 4 are black. So left to right form cpu it goes black, grey, black, grey
However, it also says
Channel A is slots 2 & 4
Channel B is slots 1 & 3
By their labeling, those slots are directly next to each other.
I was under the impression that using paired sticks in the corresponding colored slots would = a channel, and also = running them in dual channel. Am I misunderstanding this? Or is it that the sticks directly adjacent to each other constitute a channel? It would appear so from Gigabytes labeling of Channel A & B shown above.
But if i only had two sticks, Gigabyte recommends running them in the grey slots ,From the manual: "For optimal performance, when enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules,we recommend that you install them in the DDR3_1 and DDR3_2 sockets" So from left to right of cpu it it would look like: blank slot, ram, blank slot, ram.
So right now left to right I have 8Gb, 4GB, 8 GB, 4GB As you can see form the pic I posted, CPUz shows this as dual channel. So I'm confused. Are you saying it should be 8GB. 8GB, 4GB, 4GB ? (or 4Gb, 4GB, 8GB, 8GB) with same capacity ram next to each other?
I think what confuses this further for me is that what Gigabyte labels left to right 4, 2, 3, 1, CPUz reads left to right 1, 2, 3, 4 - I'm gathering that from the info it is populating in the slots under the SPD tab