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Dual Channel or Quad Channel memory?

Heya all. Hope yall are keeping safe.  I was wondering whether 32gb of ram is better to be put in dual channel or quad channel? If so, what makes the respective choice better? Also does anyone know if there are any good prices on 32gb of ram?

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If your cpu supports it, then yes. Otherwise no. What is your cpu exactly? Also, putting 4 sticks in a dual channel capable cpu will still be dual channel. Though some say its slightly faster.

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You need a HEDT motherboard for Quad Channel RAM, what motherboard are you using?

 

 

If you mean quad as in just 4 sticks on a normal board, then they'll be run in dual channel in sets of 2.  

 

As for pricing, you need to specify speed as well.

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15 minutes ago, noiceFTW said:

Heya all. Hope yall are keeping safe.  I was wondering whether 32gb of ram is better to be put in dual channel or quad channel? If so, what makes the respective choice better? Also does anyone know if there are any good prices on 32gb of ram?

Basically dual/quad channel allows data to flow faster between the RAM and CPU. You can read the wiki for more details. If you have 4 sticks of ram and the option is either dual or quad channel than go for quad since you will be optimizing the full potential of the configuration. Ultimately it comes down to your use case. If your looking at a gaming system to just play games on and surf the web it won't make much of an impact to performance which one you use. I have a HEDT with quad channel and a gaming rig with dual channel. I have 4 sticks of ram in both now, but I've tried the gaming rig with just 2x8gb sticks to use the dual channel and I didn't notice any difference in games.

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1 hour ago, MartinKweh said:

If your cpu supports it, then yes. Otherwise no. What is your cpu exactly? Also, putting 4 sticks in a dual channel capable cpu will still be dual channel. Though some say its slightly faster.

Ryzen 3300x most likely (i haven't built it yet)

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1 hour ago, Dedayog said:

You need a HEDT motherboard for Quad Channel RAM, what motherboard are you using?

 

 

If you mean quad as in just 4 sticks on a normal board, then they'll be run in dual channel in sets of 2.  

 

As for pricing, you need to specify speed as well.

Asrock b40m pro4 is the motherboard ill be using. And speed is 3200

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1 hour ago, Pachuca said:

 If your looking at a gaming system to just play games on and surf the web it won't make much of an impact to performance which one you use.

How about video editing?

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On 6/3/2020 at 10:05 PM, noiceFTW said:

How about video editing?

Going from dual to quad nearly doubles the available memory bandwidth which is great, but you won't see much of an impact in video editing or gaming. If you have cash to burn go for it, but the benefit is going to be so small that I wouldn't suggest you pay extra for it.

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