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Dual channel, tripple channel memory?


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#1 xXAlphaXx

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:03 AM

So I am ordering a tripple channel mobo with dual channel ram. I am starting out with just two sticks (2x 4GB) but I plan on ordering another 2 kits to fill all the memory slots on this board in time.

My question: When I am running this board with only two sticks, I assume it will scale back to dual channel on the mobo, but will it scale upwards when I have all 6 sticks in to tripple channel when I get the other two kits? The ram is labeled as dual channel and I have no idea if that would be a bottle neck and I need ram that has a controller specifically able for tripple channel?

Also, I just noticed on the board that their is a 4 pin molex connecter? What is that all about?

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131715

Edited by xXAlphaXx, 20 September 2012 - 11:05 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

The manual calls the 4 pin a EZ Plug and searching the PDF of the manual that is all it shows. Location & Standard voltages from a 4 pin Molex for it.

The Dual channel memory will work if you follow the manual for where to put the memory.

When I used a similar ASUS Mother a couple of years ago I just ordered triple channel memory for it.

Is there a reason for ordering this older model?

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:52 PM

That extra molex is for feeding the PCI-E slots directly from the PSU instead of using the board's power planes. Very useful if you are running multiple cards in SLI/Crossfire.

And I have to ask the same questions as above? Why a Socket 1366 build now, and why not just get a 3 channel setup now if you are going to build this?

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