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#1 stephenjones

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:56 AM

So I have an hp desktop with a single 8gb 1600 stick(original that shipped with the unit). The unit is new so the mobo should be modern as it has a haswell i7 with 4 memory slots. Someone gave me 2  new corsair vengance 8 gb sticks (1600 speed as well). Should I be concerned about mixing the brands? And would there be a problem not spreading the ram evenly to occupy all the slots? What i mean is that most times people say if u have eg 4 slots then it should be 4 gb across each slot or 2 gb across each slot using them all up. Is it necessary to spread them evenly so as to use all the slots?

 

Also not relevant to my situation but what are your opinions on mixing like different sizes of ram. Like having a 4gb stick and then puttting in a 8gb stick for a total of 12gb.

 



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:43 AM

In order to answer your question we need to know that make and model of this computer.

 

If it is a custom build we will need to know that make and model of the motherboard.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:10 AM

HP ENVY Phoenix 800-030qe Desktop -http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Desktops/HP-ENVY/D6M11AV

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:58 AM

The specs don't provide the specifics regarding your RAM modules.

 

http://filehippo.com/download_cpuz/

 

 

What you can do is download CPU-Z to see what the specifics are for your module, both a 1600, but what is the voltage?  Both should be the same.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

In general..;.to obtain the benefits of dual-channel memory...you need two slots filled.

 

If the system only came with 1 module, I'd say that they didin't consider dual-channel as being a prime consderation...although all RAM options with that system are dual-channel, except for the one you selected.

 

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