What better 4x8gb ram or 2x16gb ram? Thinking of upgrading to 32gb
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Just now, BeastHotDogGUY said:
1. im buying new so does that change anything
2. would I even need that much ram?
- Nope. The whole reason is that even within the same model number, RAM manufacturers change up the memory IC type depending on what they had on hand that day. The IC is what determines compatibility, there are some that play nice with each other, and some that will not POST, and the higher you go on the speed scale the less likely they are to work together. The odds in my experience are something like 75% that will work no problem, 20% it will work but will not do the rated settings, and 5% that it will not even turn on if the sticks are together. That's the odds (in my experience at least, though I do go through a fair bit of RAM) for any two random memory ICs, start getting to the area of 3 or 4 like you would have to be to get 4x8GB setups depending on if you buy 3 single sticks or two pairs (a kit of RAM is guaranteed to be the same) and the odds of it not working multiply.
- There aren't many situations where you need more than 16GB of RAM. There, however, are some modern games that are starting to use more than 16GB, and since DDR4 at least is so cheap you might as well get 32GB, if you're just buying a kit it's usually only an extra $10.
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