Triple or quad mobo

  HondaMan 14:33 PM 30 Nov 11
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I am about to commence yet another self-build project and would appreciate some of your thoughts.

I was considering an X58 chipset which utilises triple channel memory, but now I see that quad-channel motherboards are becoming available.

I would appreciate any thoughts which you may have as to which is better, triple or quad.

I have only this to decide now as the other components have all been selected, although not purchased as yet.

I know this is a bit vague, but this is the only point on which I am confused and could do with some input. Many thanks in anticipation.

  gengiscant 15:16 PM 30 Nov 11

There is no such thing as quad channel ram, or triple or double for that matter. Ram is ram and you run it in single, dual,triple mode that is determined by the memory controller and the motherboard architecture. Ram kits are bundled as "dual channel, or "triple channel" meaning that they are ostensibly tested and certified to work together in tandem. usually it means that they were manufactured in the same lot and taken from the line in succession. You can use a portion of a triple channel kit for your dual channel setup, or parts of two dual channel if you like. The only caveat to this is that the 4 GB modules seem to get a little more finicky than do the 2 GB modules. In all likelihood they will work just fine. But you might want to consider shelling out the extra for a certified set.

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