Dual RAM with different brand freq?

November 4, 2017 at 05:53:14
Specs: Windows 10
Hey! Quick question about RAM dual channels. I've got a little confused about what need to match in the RAM sticks? I've got a
Kingston DDR4-2666 8192MB PC4-21300 HyperX, and I want to install another 8 GB RAM stick. Do I need to buy the exact one? They seem kinda pricey, I was wondering if I can buy other brand or other frequency RAM?

For example, if I buy Goodram DDR4-2133 8192MB, will it work with mine in dual channel RAM?


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#1
November 4, 2017 at 06:04:37
You should be able to mix brands but the specs (freq, voltage, timings) should be the same. If you mix DDR2666 with DDR2133, both sticks will run as DDR2133 & your system take a performance hit. It would have helped if you'd have included the make/model of your motherboard & CPU.

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November 4, 2017 at 08:36:55
As riider mentions, it "should" work, but play it safe and stick with the same brand/speed ratings.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
November 4, 2017 at 21:02:35
Even the same brand and specs can be sightly different so stick with the same exact whenever possibly. Better would be purchasing a matched pair so you know they will sync best in dual channel.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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