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Thread: single channel vs. dual channel

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2002

    Default single channel vs. dual channel

    When i start my computer, i see that my memory is running as what is listed on my screen as "single channel". i am damn sure the ram i have can run as dual channel, which brings me to a couple questions...

    A. Can Dual channel ram run as single channel?
    B. If so, which way is better and why?
    C. How do i run dual channel if mine is set to run in single channel

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Qld, Australia

    Default Re: single channel vs. dual channel

    Ram in itself is not "dual channel" it is the configuration on the m/board that determines dual channel or not.

    Dual channel is preferable (ensure your m/board supports dual channel)

    The main requirements for dual channel are two (or 4) identical sticks of ram (though it has been know to work with "similar sticks"), in slots 0 & 2 or 1 & 3 (they're the same slots, some m/boards use different nomeculture)

    The easiest way is to use the slots that are the same colour, most boards colour code their ram slots. Usually the slot closest to the cpu is slot 0 (or 1, depending on your board) use that and the next slot of the same colour to achieve dual channel (all of this is dependent on your board supporting dual channel of course)
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