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Windows 7: Need RAM advice (mixing dual & triple channel)


07 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 
Need RAM advice (mixing dual & triple channel)

I have an Alienware Aurora with 3GB of RAM and im starting to feel its not enough.
I would like to add another 3 (6GB total) but i need some advice...

Buy the Crucial Dual Channel 4096MB PC8500 DDR3 Memory at TigerDirect.ca This is the RAM i was considering buying. I thought i would remove 1 of my 1GB sticks and install those for a total of 6GB but i just noticed i have triple channel memory, not dual. Can i mix those together?

Heres my memory specs:
3 x 1GB
DDR3
1066MHz
tri channel

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07 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Which Aurora do you have?
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07 May 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No such tyhing as dual or triple channel ram. Ram is ram, and it is dependent on what the memory controller supports. That said no idea whether mixed sized sticks will run in triple channel or not
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07 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Which Aurora do you have?
Standard version
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07 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There is no such thing as dual channel or triple channel RAM. That depends upon your mobo and how many sticks you have installed and working together. The sticks themselves are exactly the same.
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07 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Im confused...

CPUZ says im running triple channel and the specs on the Tiger Direct link say dual channel?
Does it mean the RAM on the Tiger Direct link i posted can only run dual?
I would simply like to know if the RAM i linked is compatible with my current RAM setup.
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07 May 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IonicRipper View Post
Im confused...

CPUZ says im running triple channel and the specs on the Tiger Direct link say dual channel?
Does it mean the RAM on the Tiger Direct link i posted can only run dual?
No.

It means that your motherboard controller supports triple channel, as CPUZ states.

The Tiger Direct RAM should run in triple channel if you had 3 sticks of it and it was otherwise compatible with your hardware.
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07 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Ohh i get it... after a quick read on wikipedia, i understand how channels work

So is it possible to use 2 sticks of 1GB and 2 of 2GB like i was planning on doing?
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07 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

If not i could go for this set instead (just 13 bucks more) Buy the Crucial PC8500 1066MHz 6GB DDR3 Memory at TigerDirect.ca and remove the 3x1GB altogether
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07 May 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IonicRipper View Post
Ohh i get it... after a quick read on wikipedia, i understand how channels work

So is it possible to use 2 sticks of 1GB and 2 of 2GB like i was planning on doing?
I've never used triple channel and don't know how cranky those controllers can be.

The normal configuration would be either 3 sticks total or 6 sticks total.
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