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Greg Wak
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« on: June 03, 2015, 12:29:09 PM »

I have a Z87 plus MB with 4 memory slots. I have 2 filled with 4GB sticks. I'm thinking of adding some. I can't find any PC3 with the exact 8-8-8-24 timmings. Do I have to match up exactly? I am using dual channel but this would be another channel. Also, do I have to stick with 4X4 or could I do 8X8 in the empty channel?
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2015, 01:29:13 PM »

Timings don't need to match exactly. But there's some caveats that I don't remember.

I think the memory has to be rated at least at or better (below) your current memory or everything slows down to the slowest memory (which is not going to be much, you will likely never notice it). But that may have changed, and as you say, it's on a separate channel. I honestly haven't checked the timings on my memory for 8 years now and I've built 3-4 PCs in that time.

You can put in any size in the second channel with no problems, doesn't have to match. But if you want the advantages of dual channel, you'll want to make sure the two new ones are the same size. So yes, you can do 2x8GB chips. However, I don't see anything using that much memory, even the heaviest 3D modeling work I do never hits the 16GB memory I have.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 02:31:15 PM »

Thanks Turtle!
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