Dual-Channel Memory in Single-Channel Motherboard

By keving
Mar 2, 2007
  1. Would it just clock the ram down and if so would there be a huge performance hit?


  2. riekmaharg2

    riekmaharg2 TS Rookie Posts: 137

    They would work in a single channel motherboard, and it wouldn't effect the speed of the actual RAM however it would effect the overall speed because the memory wouldn't be able to send data back and forth as fast as it could in Dual-channel motherboards.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    There is no such thing as dual-channel RAM per se. You have dual-channel motherboards/processors that make use of pairs of normal RAM modules.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    no such thing as dual channel ram.
    dual channel refers to a motherboard using two or more Ram slots to take advntage of mutliple ram installation. As the cycle of charge goes up and down, the motherboard utilitzes the particular ram assigned to the charge. In a dual or multi-channel system, the charge is used on both the up and down cycle or somewhere in between. There are multi-channel boards, but they're uncommon.

    A dual channel board will have two slots of ram coded to be used in pairs. These slots are usually color-coded. The effect of using dual or multi channel ram is a significant performance gain. rather than use 1 stick for 1 clock cycle, a dual channel board uses 2. so two 512mb sticks would run about 50% faster than 1 gb stick all by itself.

    if you are planning on adding ram please visit the guides forum and read the installing ram and upgrading guide.
  5. gauss

    gauss TS Rookie

    ya,there is no Dual-Channel Memory,
    DDR ram installed at two slots,CPU(AMD) intergrates two Memory-controller,and then realize the Dual channel System
    Intel intergrates two Memory-controller in MCH,
  6. keving

    keving TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the explanations guys.... I have my answer now.
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