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Mixing RAM sizes?

Essentially I'm noticing certain games eat up my ram even with chrome closed. (Cough, BO4) Thus, I feel I need to finally move on from 8gb. I have a single 8gb stick of Corsair vengance ddr3 (1600mhz). I still see 16gb as a waste, as I don't do anything other than gaming and web browsing. Thus, I want to add a 4gb stick of the same brand, speed, etc. Would this cause a drop in performance as the sticks aren't EXACTLY identical?

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4 minutes ago, TexasTech said:

Essentially I'm noticing certain games eat up my ram even with chrome closed. (Cough, BO4) Thus, I feel I need to finally move on from 8gb. I have a single 8gb stick of Corsair vengance ddr3 (1600mhz). I still see 16gb as a waste, as I don't do anything other than gaming and web browsing. Thus, I want to add a 4gb stick of the same brand, speed, etc. Would this cause a drop in performance as the sticks aren't EXACTLY identical?

Yes if you were using XMP. XMP only works if the ram is from the same kit or else it will crash and not boot. I used to run 2 kits of 32gb and xmp wouldn't work even though they were rated 2666. 

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2 minutes ago, H20Burner said:

Yes if you were using XMP. XMP only works if the ram is from the same kit or else it will crash and not boot. I used to run 2 kits of 32gb and xmp wouldn't work even though they were rated 2666. 

Yeah I don't think I ever messed with XMP in bios. 1600mhz is more than enough imo.

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4 minutes ago, TexasTech said:

Yeah I don't think I ever messed with XMP in bios. 1600mhz is more than enough imo.

My friend is using an 8gb + 4gb sticks as well. Seems to work fine for him

Work Laptop: HP ZBook 15  i7-4800QM 16GB  Home Laptop: Lenovo Ideapad 720s i7 8550u Phone: Galaxy S9  

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It'll be fine, probably. I've never had a problem and more ram is better than faster ram.

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Seasonic Focus GM 750, Samsung EVO 860 EVO SSD M.2, Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe, Linux Mint 20.2 Cinnamon

 

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