Solved Desk top PC memory question.

February 10, 2013 at 14:19:28
Specs: Windows 64, Core i7

Will two 4GB sticks of PC 1600 memory perform better than four 2GB sticks? Also, with four slots, can I use two of the 2GB sticks for a total of 12GB installed?

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#1
February 10, 2013 at 16:07:21
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I do not believe that there is any significant difference between two 4GB sticks and four 2GB sticks. the main difference is that you then have the option of adding even more memory if needed when you go with the two 4GB sticks.
On your second question, if you go with the two 4GB sticks AND the 4GB and 2GB sticks are compatible (same voltage, latency, and timings), then yes, you can run 2x4GB + 2x2GB together. If they do not work together, try swapping slots, if that does not work, remove the 2GB sticks and either stay with 8GB or purchase another pair exactly the same.
This is assuming you have a 64bit operating system. If you have a 32bit operating system, you can use only up to 4GB but only actually use between 3.2GB and 3.5GB of the 4GB typically.

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#2
February 10, 2013 at 17:32:55

Thanks Fingers. It's Windows 7 64bit. I picked up a pack (2-4GB sticks) of Corsair Vengeance PC 1600 for $52. I do a bit of photo editing and have been thinking I may just go and buy a 2nd pack.

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#3
February 10, 2013 at 17:49:57

Just go with 12GB & be done with it.

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