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Windows 7: RAM slots

06 Nov 2012   #1
nashama

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
RAM slots

Hi,

Is there any impact on the performance of a laptop under the following scenarios:

1) 6GB of toal RAM - 2GB in one slot and 4GB in another slot
OR
2) 8GB of toal RAM - 4GB in one slot and 4GB in another slot.

(ofcourse 8GB is larger than 6GB ........... but ......... I cannot recall where exactly I read about accessing times of the CPU on symmetrically placed RAM modules and un-symmetrically placed ones - equal RAM in dual channel v/s unequal RAM in dual channel)

Any thoughts - if someone has a deeper understanding on this?


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06 Nov 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The 8 GB configuration would likely run in dual channel mode.

I'm not so sure about the 6 GB configuration.

But dual channel is not a major deal. The impact is minor.

What does Resource Monitor tell you about RAM usage?
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06 Nov 2012   #3
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Partially depends on the bios. Generally things are slightly smoother when you are using a matched set of ram though. (meaning same size and manufacturer.)
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06 Nov 2012   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS run symmetrical if you can. As long as you have more than 4GB total RAM, capacity means very little in regular performance.
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