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I would like to upgrade my memory from 8gigs to 16 gigs, the question is should I add another kit of 2x4gigs sticks or get a kit of 2x8gigs (removing my current 2x4 kit and leaving only the new 2x8 kit)

 

From what I read it's prefered to have only 2 sticks for dual channle to keep your CPU oc more stable. Does it hold any truth?

 

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1. Get whatever's cheapest.

2. As long as you have at least 2 memory sticks, they will run in Dual channel, as long as they're in the correct RAM slots. If you have 4 memory sticks, they'll still run in Dual channel.

3. Running in Single or Dual channel memory has no bearing on stability. It's more about gaining extra performance during certain productivity tasks.

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1. Get whatever's cheapest.

2. As long as you have at least 2 memory sticks, they will run in Dual channel, as long as they're in the correct RAM slots. If you have 4 memory sticks, they'll still run in Dual channel.

3. Running in Single or Dual channel memory has no bearing on stability. It's more about gaining extra performance during certain productivity tasks.

 

 

Sorry my answer wasn't put right, is running 4 sticks will affect OC stability? The memory controller will have to work with 4 sticks instead of with 2, which will put more work load on it. Will it have some kind of effect on my OC. The reason I ask this question because of I have done a research on the topic and the conclusion I came up with is that it's beter to run 2 sticks of memory with an overclocked system rather then 4 sticks => Does it hold any truth to it ?

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1. Get whatever's cheapest.

2. As long as you have at least 2 memory sticks, they will run in Dual channel, as long as they're in the correct RAM slots. If you have 4 memory sticks, they'll still run in Dual channel.

3. Running in Single or Dual channel memory has no bearing on stability. It's more about gaining extra performance during certain productivity tasks.

 

 

Sorry my answer wasn't put right, is running 4 sticks will affect OC stability? The memory controller will have to work with 4 sticks instead of with 2, which will put more work load on it. Will it have some kind of effect on my OC. The reason I ask this question because of I have done a research on the topic and the conclusion I came up with is that it's beter to run 2 sticks of memory with an overclocked system rather then 4 sticks => Does it hold any truth to it ?

 

No, running 4 sticks compared to 2 sticks won't affect OC stability most of the time. For example, I have 8 memory sticks on a X79's 3930K at 4.5GHz daily at 1866MHz. It doesn't affect my overclock stability. However, if I try to run those memory sticks at 2400MHz speeds, then yes, it will affect overclock stability, even though I'm stable with 4 memory sticks at 2400MHz, I may not be with 8 memory sticks at 2400MHz.

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1. Get whatever's cheapest.

2. As long as you have at least 2 memory sticks, they will run in Dual channel, as long as they're in the correct RAM slots. If you have 4 memory sticks, they'll still run in Dual channel.

3. Running in Single or Dual channel memory has no bearing on stability. It's more about gaining extra performance during certain productivity tasks.

 

 

Sorry my answer wasn't put right, is running 4 sticks will affect OC stability? The memory controller will have to work with 4 sticks instead of with 2, which will put more work load on it. Will it have some kind of effect on my OC. The reason I ask this question because of I have done a research on the topic and the conclusion I came up with is that it's beter to run 2 sticks of memory with an overclocked system rather then 4 sticks => Does it hold any truth to it ?

 

No, running 4 sticks compared to 2 sticks won't affect OC stability most of the time. For example, I have 8 memory sticks on a X79's 3930K at 4.5GHz daily at 1866MHz. It doesn't affect my overclock stability. However, if I try to run those memory sticks at 2400MHz speeds, then yes, it will affect overclock stability, even though I'm stable with 4 memory sticks at 2400MHz, I may not be with 8 memory sticks at 2400MHz.

 

 

 

Thank you! I'll get another kit of 2x4.

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Any reason you're adding more memory? I'd say if anything should be upgraded in your rig, it'd be the 570 (which is still very nice on it's own). 8GB is a fair amount of memory as it stands, 8GB to 16GB won't be nearly as noticeable an improvement as a video card upgrade IMHO

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Any reason you're adding more memory? I'd say if anything should be upgraded in your rig, it'd be the 570 (which is still very nice on it's own). 8GB is a fair amount of memory as it stands, 8GB to 16GB won't be nearly as noticeable an improvement as a video card upgrade IMHO

 

I'm running a few VMs(Deabian for development and Ubuntu for making android builds) on my machine + plus have a lot of stuff opened. The average memory use is at about 75%-80% on normal basis, when I startup a game I peak up to 99%, that's the reason why I want to upgrade memory as for the GPU, I plan to upgrade it this year.

 

Also with more memory I can speed up my android builds as I can allocate more memory to VMs.

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Any reason you're adding more memory? I'd say if anything should be upgraded in your rig, it'd be the 570 (which is still very nice on it's own). 8GB is a fair amount of memory as it stands, 8GB to 16GB won't be nearly as noticeable an improvement as a video card upgrade IMHO

 

I'm running a few VMs(Deabian for development and Ubuntu for making android builds) on my machine + plus have a lot of stuff opened. The average memory use is at about 75%-80% on normal basis, when I startup a game I peak up to 99%, that's the reason why I want to upgrade memory as for the GPU, I plan to upgrade it this year.

 

Also with more memory I can speed up my android builds as I can allocate more memory to VMs.

 

Excellent answer! Just making sure you'd see a worthwhile benefit and I very much agree you will in cases like those :)

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