Solved Can you run current AMD CPUs with 1 ram stick?

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May 20, 2013 at 16:18:29
Specs: Win 7, NA
Can you run current AMD CPUs with 1 ram stick? I just purchased an AM3+ MoBo from Newegg that came with a free Crucial single 8GB DDR3 1600 (nice deal) It only made sense to buy a second MoBo to get the 2nd matching 8GB module. My plan is to either sell the memory to nearly pay for the MoBos, or upgrade myself from 8GB tot to 16GB. But i really don't need more than 8GB for myself, I would rather upgrade my families computers to 8GB. I know you are supposed to install matched pairs (I am hoping these are close enough) but can you just install 1 and how much of a performance hit would you take if you can? If I could put just 1 in my Father and 1 in my wifes computers that would be great. Motherboards all take DDR3 and are either AM3 or 3+

Anyway, can I do that?


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#1
May 20, 2013 at 16:50:03
Whether you can use only one RAM stick, depends on the motherboard.
Therefore, you have to check the RAM part in the manual of the motherboards (yours, your wifes and your families).

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#2
May 20, 2013 at 17:03:58
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Yes, you can run a single stick of RAM but obviously you won't be able to run dual channel so you'll be taking a minor performance hit. What about the motherboard? Is it a decent name brand board based on a modern 900-series chipset or is it a board that's retro-fitted with an older 700-series such as the 760G?

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#3
May 20, 2013 at 18:48:58
It isn't a high end MoBo, but I did find in the manual that it will except 1 stick. I found this http://www.maxitmag.com/hardware-re... saying the hit is only 2-4%, that would be fine for my wife and father, they aren't gaming or power users. My wife will have a lot of browsers/tabs and word/excel docs open, the speed of the memory shouldn't have much if any affect on that.

Do you agree with the 2-4% (10-20% would be fine IMHO for these apps) the article claims?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#4
May 20, 2013 at 19:11:23
I'll answer my own question, many online tests show the hit is negligible. Thanks for the replies, this should work great.

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#5
May 20, 2013 at 19:28:12
APU are very sensitive when it comes to memory, Always use maximum supported memory frequency and dual channel is must otherwise prepare yourself for BIG performance hit.
http://forum.notebookreview.com/gam...

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