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« on: November 08, 2005, 12:39:52 AM »

if I have 1 gig of dual channel ram and I buy a gig of non dual channel ram would I be able to run them together in my rig?
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2005, 12:52:13 AM »

No would be the short answer.   At half speed and cutting your system off at the shins would be the long answer.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2005, 10:56:39 AM »

Not to mention that even if you did manage to get it to work you would probably have stability issues up the wazoo.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2005, 04:55:45 PM »

How do you buy "non-dual channel" ram?

Dual Channel is a Motherboard function. I can take old DDR2100 RAM made before Dual Channel was available and run it in Dual Channel as long as the motherboard supports it...

Are you saying that you have 2 unmatched 512Mb sticks? In theory it's possible to get non-matched sticks to DC as long as they're the same size, but there's a large risk of instability and most boards won't even try it.

If you're looking to buy an additional 1gb of RAM, try to match the sticks you already have. General rule of thumb for any RAM upgrades, Dual Channel setup or not.
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005, 11:39:55 PM »

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How do you buy "non-dual channel" ram?

Dual Channel is a Motherboard function. I can take old DDR2100 RAM made before Dual Channel was available and run it in Dual Channel as long as the motherboard supports it...

Are you saying that you have 2 unmatched 512Mb sticks? In theory it's possible to get non-matched sticks to DC as long as they're the same size, but there's a large risk of instability and most boards won't even try it.

If you're looking to buy an additional 1gb of RAM, try to match the sticks you already have. General rule of thumb for any RAM upgrades, Dual Channel setup or not.


yea I was thinking of getting another gig of ram but the ram I have now I can't seem to get anymore I tried a gig of corsair but my system wouldnt even recognize it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2005, 09:49:20 PM »

Your main concern would be 'registered' (or ECC) RAM vs. non-registered RAM.  There is error correction going on at the hardware level; this is done either by a chip ON the RAM (with ECC), or by a chip on the mobo.  Obviously, ECC RAM is more expensive; it may be faster, but I never really looked into it.

If your mobo needs ECC RAM, that may be why it isnt seeing the new memory.  Either that, or its an incorrect type of memory.  Or it just plain doesnt work.

You should always check the manual for your mobo before purchasing or installing RAM.  What model of computer or mobo is it?
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2005, 10:07:12 PM »

Or the timings are off.  My corsair requires +1v to run
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2005, 11:26:11 PM »

The moral of this story: Memory is such a pain in the ass.
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