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Windows 7: Ram Upgrade Single or Dual Channel ??


30 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
Ram Upgrade Single or Dual Channel ??

Hello Guys,

i would like to upgrade my memory !! I have a hp pavilion 6617c with dual channel ram. Can i use this : Patriot PSD34G13332 Signature 4GB PC10600 DDR3 Desktop Memory Upgrade - 1333MHz, 1x4096MB, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered at TigerDirect.com ??

Is there any difference ??

Thanks

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30 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 8 Pro 9200 x64 w/Media Center
 
 

The main thing is dual channel works with two sticks the same, if you have two empty slots, you want to find two sticks the same to add at the same time to maintain dual channel mode...
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30 Dec 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

It's the motherboard that determines "dual channel", not the memory itself.

Here is the HP memory page for your particular model. Get stuff that matches these specs:

HP Pavilion p6617c Desktop PC Product Specifications HP Pavilion p6617c Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Dual channel memory architecture
Four DDR3 DIMMs (240-pin) sockets
PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB DDR3 DIMMs
Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit systems
Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit PCs
*32-bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
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30 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

@ignatzatsonic

The only thing is the single channel. Everything else is the same. So can i use the single channel ram in my PC ??

Thanks
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30 Dec 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
It's the motherboard that determines "dual channel",
Not quite. It is the IMC (integrated memory controller) built into the CPU and not the motherboard, unless the board has an odd number of slots. For AMD that is all CPU's from the first Athlon 64, and for Intel whichever of the i series it was that they added it.

HC4L to answer your question, yes you can run the memory in single channel, but you will get better performance with it running in dual channel.
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30 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hello stormy13

thanks for your answer Well i give it a try
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