RAM question: dual channel or not?

  simoncini 19:36 15 Feb 11

My operating system is Windows 7/64 with an ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. The PC Specialist build came with 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 DHX 1333M DDR3 Dual Channel memory. I want to increase to 8GB. Buying the same model RAM would cost about £60. To install 2x2GB Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339 • DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.5V • 256Meg x 64(for instance, via their Crucial Scan) would be about £37. Why should I choose the Corsair (or not)? My main use is Photoshop work and a little video editing, never gaming.

  GaT7 19:54 15 Feb 11

The Crucial RAM will be just fine.

This Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz XMS3 set click here for £36.50 delivered will be fine too.

Or, TWO of this Corsair 2GB DDR3 1333MHz click here for £1 less. G

  GaT7 19:58 15 Feb 11

Another Corsair 4Gb set for click here that'll work - access Amazon's £36.51 link/price in the right column. G

  simoncini 19:59 15 Feb 11

Sorry if my subject header did not make my query clear: what is the benefit (if any) of the more expensive Corsair Dual Channel RAM already fitted?

  GaT7 20:06 15 Feb 11

In your case, next to none. Only 'potential' benefit I can think of is that they (i.e. the more expensive one) will probably overclock better than the others.

I'd recommend one of the Corsair suggestions as they all come with heatspreaders. The Crucial ones come without, don't they? G

  rickf 20:10 15 Feb 11

Dual for me is preferable as they often come in matched pairs.

  GaT7 20:19 15 Feb 11

If you're also asking 'will they all run in dual-channel mode?', then the answer is 'yes'. G

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