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  1. #1
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Vinny1001 PC Specs
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    32GB ram recommendations. 4 sticks vs 2

    I'm currently looking to upgrade the RAM on my Asus Z170 Hero Alpha from G.Skill 2x 8GB DDR4 (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16820231878) to 32GB, either 4 sticks or 2.

    The motherboard is dual channel IIRC, so would it be best to do 2 sticks of 16GB of dual channel RAM?

    Looks like RAM prices got much higher from 2 years ago... oh my.. I spent 70 bucks then, and now they're 166.... O_O
    Last edited by Vinny1001; 10-09-2017 at 03:53 PM.

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    ROG Enthusiast Array Frostie36 PC Specs
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    I'm running 4 sticks of corsair part no. CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 (not sure of version but purchased back in late 2015), Was originally running one pair when I first built the system but added another pair a few months later, all working fine at 3200. People say never to mix pairs of ram like that, even the exact same part numbers but I've been doing that where ram is concerned since I started building pc's back in 2002 & never had any problems.

    Your not wrong about ram prices going up, I'm planning on jumping back to amd with a ryzen setup in the future & I'm hoping to get away with using the corsair ram with that build, I don't mind tweaking which I will have to do running 4 sticks as I looked at the gskill flare x 32gb 3200mhz ram (F4-3200C14Q-32GFX) and its over £400!!!!! on amazon uk
    Last edited by Frostie36; 10-10-2017 at 06:53 PM.

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    A 4-DIMM kit with the same capacity uses half-density DDR4 silicon parts, which costs much less. At least for the manufacturer, lol.

    A 2-DIMM kit will not offer any real advantage worth paying for unless it has double-density and half the ranks vs the 4-DIMM kit.

    Raja's thread explains why you shouldn't mix and match memory kits.
    Combined memory kits can work together - it's not impossible - at least if they're identical-rated parts - but much more finicky and not as stable, especially at higher frequencies. Two "exactly identical" 2-DIMM DDR4-3200 kits won't run as fast as one 4-DIMM DDR4-3200 kit unless you have a strong CPU part, expertly perfected configuration, and an unfair helping of luck.
    "All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others." - Douglas Adams

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Vinny1001 PC Specs
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    Thanks for the feedback. I didn't plan to mix kits or any of that. I've read before about mixing and meh.. I'd rather just buy two sticks of 16GB.

    One build I had memory issues and I was on 4 sticks, and it took extra long to find the bad egg. I'd rather just run two sticks and then it's either one or the other, or both, if something was wrong.

    Just wanted to see any other suggestions. Again, if I do upgrade, I'd purchase a new kit 2x 16GB, and sell my current 16GB kit.

    My main question is then what are recommendations for a 32GB kit that has performed well and reliable. I'd like the faster speeds But $300+.. vs $70 2 years ago.. killing me.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array NemesisChild PC Specs
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    Having all four dimms populated will put more stress on the CPU IMC versus 2 dimms populated.

    This is why I chose my particular 2x16GB TridentZ kit, making sure I got the lowest CL available for 3200MHz.
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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
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    I haven't done any testing on this platform but on X99 8 stick kits of the same capacity as a 4 stick kit will give you more memory bandwidth because of ASUS Topology. This may also be true on the mainstream platform
    The single rank 8GB modules are easier on an IMC than the 16GB modules , there have been several threads about issues with 16GB modules, I don't own any kits with 16GB modules to test any differences between the 2, personally I would go for a 4 8GB module kit but cannot confirm any pro's or con's either way other than purchase what you want in one kit

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array AKBAAR PC Specs
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    using 2x16gb g.skill 3200mhz

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array G75rog PC Specs
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    I normally use 4 Gskill 8gb 3200 sticks on the Max VIII Extreme to utilize all the board bandwidth.
    At the moment it is populated with 4 16gb 3600 Trident Z sticks for testing before the x299 Apex arrives.

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