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Do RAM Modules Of Same Speed But Different Brands Could Be Run In Dual Channel Configuration?

3 minutes ago, LawPhoenix said:

so my question is if I install two different brands 8GB modules with same speed 1600mhz (not considering timing) & if system stable as well & cpuz says dual channel so am I really running in dual channel configuration?

As long as the system is stable, then yes, you can run different brands in dual-channel. The claim that they need to be "specifically programmed to work together" is just plain bullshit.

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Hi, I heard in a video a while ago that to run memory in dual channel configuration we need a special kit which is specifically programmed to work with each other like hyper furry x etc. Few days ago I red Qoura & some reddit posts where argument was that you can run two different brands & speeds memory in dual channel configuration but that might cause system instability & crashes. Now I have installed 2 memory modules one is corsair ddr3 4GB 1600mhz & other is some unknown 1GB 1067mhz then I checked cpuz & in memory tab it said dual channel.

so my question is if I install two different brands 8GB modules with same speed 1600mhz (not considering timing) & if system stable as well & cpuz says dual channel so am I really running in dual channel configuration? & if I am then is it as good as kit(same speeds & same timings)? I mean the whole concept is to use 2 64bit wide bus parallel.

 

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Yes, if you have the modules in the proper slots for dual channel, and the system is able to POST, it's running in dual channel. As far as your timings are concerned, the faster module in whatever respect will automatically back down to the slower module, including latency. 


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Should work fine, usually the motherboard will run at the speeds of the slower stick for compatibility


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3 minutes ago, LawPhoenix said:

so my question is if I install two different brands 8GB modules with same speed 1600mhz (not considering timing) & if system stable as well & cpuz says dual channel so am I really running in dual channel configuration?

As long as the system is stable, then yes, you can run different brands in dual-channel. The claim that they need to be "specifically programmed to work together" is just plain bullshit.


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You could mismatch any kit and still run dual channel, just be aware that you may be limited to running lower JEDEC specs (e.g. 2133MHz CL15) for stability's sake


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in 90% of cases it will work, sometimes at a lower spec but it will figure out a way to run dual channel

 

if the memory chips are rated for the same speed and timings, regardless of vendor, it should actually run dual channel at full speed.


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Funfact, many vendors use the same factories, so if you strip a few different rams from separate vendors of their heatsinks, some of them will look exactly the same. 

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