4*2 GB RAM or 1*8 GB RAM for 3rd gen Intel?

By cool.dx.rip
Mar 18, 2013
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  1. Guys,I was wondering which will have better performance with pro:core i5 3470
    1)4x2 gb ram ddr3 1600mhz or 1x8gb ram ddr3 1600mhz?cause my pro have dual channel memory feature .How much % will difference?
    2)How much performance difference in % between 8gb 1333mhz and 1600mhz?
  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    You want 4x2GB to utilize dual channel, I found this video online:

    The video shows how dual channel has a large increase in performance over single channel. As for everyday use, you wont see a difference since not many everyday programs out there are memory bandwidth sensitive. As for 1333 vs 1600, go with 1600, I dont have any numbers for you, but people say the extra speed helps.
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  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,386   +608

    No. You want x2 4GB sticks, at a minimum.

    This leaves room to upgrade.
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  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,273   +258

    This exactly.
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