3 RAM Sticks with 4 slots?

February 16, 2011 at 15:03:06
Specs: Windows Vista
I ordered some G.Skill 6 GB (3 x 2 GB) DDR3 1600 mhz RAM and a AMD motherboard with 4 slots. I am planning to run Phenom ii x6 3.2 ghz on it.

My friend says its bad to run 3 sticks of ram. Is this true?


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#1
February 16, 2011 at 15:10:18
No it's not bad, but what he means is by running 2 sticks, you can use dual channel mode on the mobo. What's the model of the mobo, maybe it's capable of running triple channel, which would be better yet.

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#2
February 16, 2011 at 15:12:08
Depends.

DDR3 and you board may have the ability to run in tipple channel. Since you say it has 4 slots I suspect it wouldn't but may support dual channel.

It is best if the ram and board support those features but will work fine.

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#3
February 16, 2011 at 15:36:56
AMD doesn't support triple channel mode. I believe if you go with 3 sticks, they will run in single channel mode, which means you'll lose 1/2 the potential memory bandwidth.

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#4
February 16, 2011 at 15:47:21
Would 2 of the sticks run in dual channel and one of them run in single channel?

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#5
February 16, 2011 at 15:50:30
No, you defeat the purpose of dual channel when you use 3 sticks. Install 2 and keep one in the drawer in case one fails eventually.

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#6
February 16, 2011 at 19:05:28
It may support dual channel if the memory is that type and your board supports that.

I didn't notice the AMD so no x3.

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