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4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
12-13-2010, 09:36 PM,
#1
4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
im sure this question gets asked a lot but i can seem to find a definite answer...

Which is better? a 2x2gb RAM kit or a 1x4gb RAM kit?

what are the pros and cons of each, assume the mobo has 4 ram slots.
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12-13-2010, 10:38 PM,
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RE: 4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
I don't know, but I can tell you what Mathieu told me when I asked if I should use 4x2gb sticks instad of 2x4gb sticks.

"Less sticks is better actually, for lower power consumption, less issues with compatibility, lower latencies and you still have two free slots to upgrade in the future if you want to."
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12-13-2010, 10:59 PM,
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RE: 4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
(12-13-2010, 10:38 PM)EmptyAy Wrote: I don't know, but I can tell you what Mathieu told me when I asked if I should use 4x2gb sticks instad of 2x4gb sticks.

"Less sticks is better actually, for lower power consumption, less issues with compatibility, lower latencies and you still have two free slots to upgrade in the future if you want to."

Yep, exactly. 2x2GB is better than 4 x1GB for the same reasons that 2x4GB is better than 4x2GB.
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12-14-2010, 01:04 AM,
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RE: 4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
(12-13-2010, 10:59 PM)MathieuB Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 10:38 PM)EmptyAy Wrote: I don't know, but I can tell you what Mathieu told me when I asked if I should use 4x2gb sticks instad of 2x4gb sticks.

"Less sticks is better actually, for lower power consumption, less issues with compatibility, lower latencies and you still have two free slots to upgrade in the future if you want to."

Yep, exactly. 2x2GB is better than 4 x1GB for the same reasons that 2x4GB is better than 4x2GB.

Actually, I think he was asking about using a single 4gb stick, so wouldn't that be even better than 2x2gb using the above logic?
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12-14-2010, 03:47 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-14-2010, 03:47 AM by Andrew J.)
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RE: 4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
No it wouldn't, because it would run in single channel mode and would be half as fast.
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12-14-2010, 05:45 AM,
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RE: 4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
(12-14-2010, 03:47 AM)Andrew J Wrote: No it wouldn't, because it would run in single channel mode and would be half as fast.

Ah, I see.

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12-14-2010, 05:57 PM,
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RE: 4x1GB vs. 2x2GB???
thank you for the responses, and yes i meant a single stick of 4gb vs. 2 sticks of 2gb
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