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    Question Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    I have a motherboard with dual channel support. This is: EVGA Z77 FTW (EVGA | Products).

    Which memory configuration is better (for 16G total)?
    1. 4x 4GB
    2. 2x 8GB

    Or maybe there is no difference between 1 & 2?

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    There isn't really a big diff between to the.. what is more important is the timing and lat of the rams.. also what speed.. Freq you will buying...
    but real world use, they are pretty similar.

    But if it were me, I would buy 2x8gb sticks, this way it leaves me room for 2 additional so if later down the line and I wanted to add more memory, I have the option 2 without having to go out and buy a completely new kit again.

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    I'm planning to buy this one:
    G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2133MHz CL9 F3-2133C9D-16GTX

    So basically there won't be any noticeable difference between 4x4 and 2x8?

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    You may notice some slight diff in benchmarks, but as I mentioned, in real world application, it will be very minimal if at all.

    remember, some of the smaller kits being memory size per a stick can have slight timing changes and also latency change which can change results in benchmarks very slightly, they are normally so minimal that we don't notice them in application during use.

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    Thanks. I will go with 2x8 then.

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    Depending on the motherboard and power supply, adding the second pair of RAM sticks into the equasion can affect performance.
    Two sticks works better in more boards than four does.

    2X8 is a good choice

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    Thanks!
    That calms me down very much. :-)

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    8GB modules work great I'm running 8 of them in my X79 system for a total of 64GBs of 2133MHz Kingston HyperX Beast, also my Z77 system is running 4 / 8GB sticks of Kingston HyperX 2400MHz. Like Kenny mentioned, there's not a noticeable difference, so go for it, and when you have the extra cash pick up the extra 16gb kit .

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    On your setups guys, do you really use more than 16G?

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    It depends on what your doing, on my system with 32GB or Ram, I use that rig for photo editing and post production encoding. So the extra ram helps esp if you use photoshop and light room. Unless you do heavy rendering you probably won't. For just Gaming, 8GB is more then enough, my LanPC which is the rig I game on allot only uses 8GB and is more then enough.

    16GB is great to have.. but not allot of applications in today's market can really take advantage of it...Anything beyond 16GB at this point is just to give that extra push for future proofing for future applications that will someday use it..

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    Default Re: Best memory spreading for dual channel motherboard?

    For me I do, but every ones different, running 16 -32GBs is normal for most people now, especially since memory prices have dropped.

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