"If I go with faster RAM for the other 6GB in the other 3 slots, will it only run at the slower speed of the current 3 sticks?
The reason I ask is I have heard that it may, and if it does, then I might as well just get 12GB of faster RAM and replace the current 3 sticks of slower RAM as well, right?"
I agree that in 99.99% of the machines the entire memory system runs at the slowest of any of the following items.
1. The slowest stick of RAM.
2. The speed of the memory channel in the computer.
It's been a shame to see the speed freak lose their money over paying extra for higher speed memory and the machine they pop it into doesn't take advantage of the higher speed RAM. You should tread slowly here.
-> My closing comment is that for now, for today 2 to 4GB is the sweet spot. There are very few that will gain speed past that.
I just bought a brand new Gateway FX6800-11 from Newegg and it just shipped. Here's it's details for those who aren't familiar:
Basically it's an Intel Core i7 machine with a good video card, hdd, etc.
It has 6 memory slots and it comes standard with 6GB of 1066 DDR3 tri-channel RAM. This RAM comes in the machine as 3 sticks of 2GB each.
So there's 3 open slots.
If I go with faster RAM for the other 6GB in the other 3 slots, will it only run at the slower speed of the current 3 sticks?
The reason I ask is I have heard that it may, and if it does, then I might as well just get 12GB of faster RAM and replace the current 3 sticks of slower RAM as well, right?
But then again, I have heard on various forums that these new motherboards for the i7 either aren't supporting faster RAM speeds by design or by the current BIOS versions given out in the new i7 machines by companies like Gateway and Dell.
So there's my dilemma.
FWIW, I am not a fan of Gateway really but I had a similar i7 machine on order from Dell for weeks in the new 435T Studio XPS they just came out with and it was about $500 more and kept having delays so I cancelled that order and got the Gateway from NewEgg and it just shipped earlier today.
Any help with this RAM issue would be much appreciated.
*** NOTE TO MODS ***
I posted this in the "Desktops" forum which I now realize was a mistake as this is the proper forum for that.