Dual channel memory

Mustang/hynix / M3128644406nd-h
December 24, 2009 at 10:53:45
Specs: Windows XP
May anybody help me out?
I installed a dual channel memory kit (2x 1GB RAM), but my Toshiba notebook does not support dual channel memory though it recognised the total RAM of 2GB. Will my system get slower or crash?

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#1
December 24, 2009 at 12:06:31
No

There is no such thing as Dual Channel ram.
There are matched sticks suitable for use in a PC that supports dual channel technology but the dual channel is a function of the motherboard & CPU.

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#2
December 24, 2009 at 12:10:07
NO. Dual channel memory is just MATCHED modules. Your computer must have 2 memory controllers to take advantage of the benefits of dual channel but if your laptop supports that amount of RAM then it is actually a little better.

You should always attempt to match the RAM for all specs if possible. That is what the manufacturer has done when bundling two stick of identical RAM in one package. There is no other difference in the RAM itself.


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#3
December 24, 2009 at 15:14:37
"Dual-channel architecture requires a dual-channel-capable motherboard and two or more DDR, DDR2 SDRAM, or DDR3 SDRAM memory modules. "

From wiki.


While it sounds like it won't work it will work fine if your basic form and speed can be used. The dual channel part will not work but it will work as normal ram.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#4
December 24, 2009 at 17:43:55
jefro said "The dual channel part will not work but it will work as normal ram."

There is no "dual channel part" to the ram itself. Dual channel is a function of the motherboard & CPU. The "Dual Channel Kit" is simply a way of packaging & marketing two matched sticks of normal ram.

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#5
December 25, 2009 at 10:05:19
It will not get slower, and it will not crash. In fact the memory would tend to be a better choice if it is a supported product I'd think.

I think we are saying the same thing. I was pointing out what is common wording as opposed to full explanations.

The wiki seems to suggest that if one bought a set of ram sold as dual channel it won't work in a normal non-dual channel computer. This is what I gathered from the OP.

The original worry was that the ram would not work. It will work at the motherboards slower rate since it is not dual channel capable.

It is unlikely that you could purchase two sticks even if the same brand and get them to work. To be assured that the dual channel can be somewhat trusted the sticks have to be matched. They are sold as dual channel ram.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/arti...

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