Combining Ram

By benjaminha
Oct 9, 2005
  1. Hi I've just ordered a gig of ram 2x 512 kingston, in my mobo i already have
    2 samsung sticks equalling 512. I have 2 slots free out of the 4, could i mix these or would it be better to just take out the generic sticks?

    Also another question, wheres the best place for a novice user to gain better knowledge of pcs?

    Thanks for any replies and advice.
  2. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    I generaly try to keep the larger capacity sticks in the first slots, and not mixed, lower cap sticks go in the last slots. That is, unless I have a dual channel mobo, then you should match the channel/stick arrangement for best results. Often systems run best without mixed makes/sizes/speeds of ram, especialy dual channel systems.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,143   +597

    ram speed should ALWAYS be matched. MFG is usually irrelavent, but does impact reliability. Personally, I like to keep all ram the same size too.
  4. benjaminha

    benjaminha TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Do you mean keep all four slots the same or keep the pairs the pairs the same?
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,143   +597

    same,same. It removes complicated,special case micro-code paths and presents
    memory as ONE constant interface manage uniformly. This leads to the only
    'soft issue' being the reliability of the manufacture.
  6. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    If I have equal sized mem sticks of different makers, I would add one of each to each channel and test it. If it runs better with matched sticks in each channel so be it. Matched/identical mem in all cases is preffered.
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