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RAM questions

by Ericjergs / December 29, 2008 1:59 PM PST

Alright, I sadly figured out that my PC only supports DDR, and doesn't support dual channel.

But I don't understand this whole dual channel thing. Can I not have 2 sticks of RAM from the same provider and same amt. of memory?
and when I search on Newegg for 2x 1GB sticks it says they have a dual channel kit...?

So can someone please explain for me?

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So we're on the same sheet of music, let's start with
by VAPCMD / December 29, 2008 2:20 PM PST
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what PC you have..mfg/series/model #.


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by alakzam / December 29, 2008 2:23 PM PST
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You can use dual channel memory kits in a single channel mode. That packaging is just a marketing ploy to sell RAM bundles. And you're not really missing much with dual channel mode. That's another case of a solution in search of a problem. If you look at the benchmarks done by hardware sites, you'll see that there's really very little benefit to be had from dual channel memory. That might change as CPUs grow ever more cores, and applications are written to take advantage of multiple cores, but that's unlikely to be a problem for you if you've got a system still using DDR RAM.

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by Ericjergs / December 29, 2008 3:23 PM PST
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oh ok, so it won't mess up my computer? lol

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